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Georgia - Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program

Enacted 2007 • Launched 2007 • Voucher

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program allows any student with a disability whose parents are unhappy with their assigned public school to receive a voucher to attend private school.

Latest Stats (2013-14)

  • Students participating: 3,416
  • Schools participating: 245
  • Average voucher value: $5,386

Program Details

Student Funding
Vouchers are worth up to the cost of the educational program a student would have received in public school, as calculated by existing state funding formulas. It excludes only such things as capital costs and federal subsidy programs. The voucher may not exceed the private school’s tuition and fees.

Student Eligibility
To qualify, a student must have been enrolled in a Georgia public school for the entire prior school year; preschool programs do not count toward this factor. The student must also have received special education services under an Individualized Education Plan at any point in that year. The student’s parent/guardian must currently live in the state and have been a resident for at least one year.

Legal Developments
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.

Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: None

Governing Statutes
O.C.G.A. §§ 20-2-2110 through 20-2-2118

Friedman Contact
Doran Moreland |

Related Research

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5/30/2014 Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs
12/15/2009 The Economic and Fiscal Costs of Failing to Reform K-12 Education in Georgia
2/20/2008 School Choice Would Save Georgia Money
2/5/2008 Grading School Choice: Evaluating School Choice Programs by the Friedman Gold Standard

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3/1/2014 Marietta Daily Journal | The truth behind the ‘staffing surge’ in Georgia schools
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11/3/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia Can Return to Leading Role in Giving Students Choices
7/5/2011 Hiner | Pro & Con: Has Georgia’s Tuition Tax Credit Program Been Successful?
4/7/2011 Reed | Follow other states’ lead, support school choice in Oregon

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