The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

School Choice in Georgia

Summary

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

Constitutionality

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

Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit

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... Read More

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program

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. Read More

Research

The School Voucher Audit: Do Publicly Funded Private School Choice Programs Save Money?

9/30/2014

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,... Read More

Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs

5/30/2014

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... Read More

More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools

11/13/2013

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... Read More

The Economic and Fiscal Costs of Failing to Reform K-12 Education in Georgia

12/15/2009

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... Read More

School Choice Would Save Georgia Money

2/20/2008

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... Read More

The Fiscal Impact of Tax-Credit Scholarships in Georgia

2/19/2008

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... Read More

 

News

9/30/2014 New report shows school vouchers saved $1.7 billion during first two decades
5/4/2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Special needs vouchers: An escape route for students at risk for abuse
3/1/2014 Marietta Daily Journal | The truth behind the ‘staffing surge’ in Georgia schools
12/21/2013 Marietta Daily Journal | Common Core not top issue at private schools
11/13/2013 Standardized tests not a top concern for school choice parents
9/20/2013 Savannah Morning News | Commentary: A new way to fund education
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
8/6/2013 Stateline | Tax Dollars for Private School Tuition Gain in States
8/1/2013 Wichita Eagle | Georgia lawmaker urges Kansans to seek more school choice
1/21/2013 Atlanta Journal Constitution | National School Choice Week: 49 Million Students Still Without Options
4/4/2012 Hiner | To Stem Cheating, Empower Parents
1/23/2012 Enlow | Robert Enlow on the Martha Zoller Show
11/3/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia Can Return to Leading Role in Giving Students Choices
8/3/2011 EducationNext | No Matter How You Ask the Question
8/2/2011 AP | School Voucher Bills Flood GOP-led Statehouses
7/30/2011 Enlow | Friedman's Dream Unleashed
7/28/2011 Enlow | Is 2011 Milton Friedman's Year of School Choice?
7/25/2011 Enlow | Georgia Should Seize the Chance to Change the Tenure System and Fire Bad Teachers
7/5/2011 Hiner | Pro & Con: Has Georgia’s Tuition Tax Credit Program Been Successful?
7/5/2011 Wall Street Journal | The Year of School Choice
5/25/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Charter Ruling Casts Cloud Over Revamp
4/29/2011 Enlow | School Choice: Alive and Well
2/28/2011 Why 2011 will be a Year of Growth for School Choice
1/26/2011 Hiner | Parents would feel more hopeful if given the option of school choice.
1/25/2011 Enlow | Robert Enlow on Martha Zoller
12/22/2010 Hiner | Leslie Hiner on the Martha Zoller Show
12/13/2010 Enlow | Coverdell legacy at risk in tax deal
4/14/2010 Atlanta Journal Constitution | Study finds teacher pension funding gap, but state disagrees
2/23/2010 Cheating scandal prompts parents to want more educational options
2/17/2010 Rally to unite public, private groups that back vouchers
2/15/2010 Enlow | Robert Enlow on Martha Zoller
12/15/2009 Study Says Georgia Dropouts Cost Almost $5 Billion; Natives Twice as Likely to Drop Out as Transplants
2/2/2009 Senator's school voucher bill has foes in local education
12/24/2008 School Choice in Georgia
6/6/2008 School choice turns corner with tax credits
5/21/2008 Georgia Enacts Comprehensive School Choice Law
5/18/2008 Kids now have chances for better education
5/14/2008 Georgia Enacts School Choice for All Students
3/26/2008 School choice bills face political squabble
3/19/2008 Tax credits for private-school grants a win-win
3/4/2008 Tax-credit scholarships could save Georgia schools millions
3/4/2008 Tax credits could aid companies, public schools
2/20/2008 School choice backers tout benefits of scholarships
2/19/2008 Scholarships Would Save Public Schools Money
2/17/2008 Georgia: to the head of the class?
2/12/2008 School choice report
4/23/2007 Special needs voucher bill sent to Georgia governor