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.
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.