Georgia has two private school choice programs (vouchers and tax-credit scholarships). The state also has a charter school law and enables public virtual schooling. Open enrollment exists, both for intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice.
Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools
Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Georgia.
The Georgia Constitution contains a Blaine Amendment, but it also contains an education provision (Article VIII, Section 7, paragraph 1) that explicitly authorizes the General Assembly to provide grants and scholarships to students and parents for educational purposes, such as those of voucher programs.
–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)
School Choice Programs
Enacted 2008 • Launched 2008
Georgia provides dollar-for-dollar tax credits for donations to Student Scholarship Organizations
(SSOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. Individuals may claim up to $1,000, and
married couples filing jointly may claim up to...
Enacted 2007 • Launched 2007
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.
One of the pillars of Dr. Milton Friedman’s school voucher idea was that it not only would expand personal freedom and improve student achievement but also save money.
To see if that is indeed the case, this paper presents a cautious,...
Is regulatory creep a fate that awaits all school choice programs? With the number of those programs doubling over the past five years, the need for context and understanding is critical.
This report provides a framework for understanding the...
This report uses the results of a survey administered to Georgia parents of K–12 private school scholarship recipients to address three questions:
In choosing the private school education best suited for the overall needs of their...
In recent decades, Georgia has prospered in an economy that increasingly valued education, despite having among the lowest rates of high school completion of any state in the nation. To do so Georgia has come to rely on the in-migration of well-educated...
A new study fi nds that a tax-credit scholarship program in Georgia would save millions of dollars for local school districts. The costs of the program to the state budget would also be offset by signifi cant savings in state education spending. The...
This study seeks to inform the debate over a proposal in Georgia to give tax credits for contributions to organizations that provide scholarships to K-12 private schools. Such a program would extend to K-12 education the philosophy of choice that is...