EdChoice applauds expansion of Georgia’s special needs voucher program

INDIANAPOLIS—EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, congratulates Georgia for expanding its special needs voucher program, which originally was enacted in 2007.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp today signed Senate Bill 47, which would expand the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program to include public school students with certain conditions who have 504 plans in place. It also waives the requirement that students be enrolled in public school before applying for the program for all eligible students for a period of one year due to the pandemic and indefinitely for students who are adopted, in foster care or from an active-duty military family.

“This is a step in the right direction for students who most need access to a wide variety of educational options,” said EdChoice Director of Policy Jason Bedrick. “We’re excited for those families who will now be eligible to take part in the program.”

EdChoice has assisted Georgia policymakers and state partners with fiscal analysis for the state’s choice programs and proposals.