Expanded GA Special Needs Scholarship Program Passes Senate Committee

The Georgia Senate Education Committee approved two bills yesterday that would expand the state’s Special Needs Scholarship to include more special needs students, military families, and foster children.

Senate Bill 87 would make the program available to children whose parent(s) is serving in the military, along with children in foster families. House Bill 181 would waive a requirement, upon a parent’s request, that children attend a Georgia public school for one year before applying for the special needs scholarship. Rep. Rick Golick, who sponsored that bill, says parents should not have to risk their child’s health by sending them to a school which may not be able to meet their unique medical needs.

The bills will now go before the Senate Rules Committee which will determine whether they will go to the Senate floor for a vote.

Since 2007, more than 10,000 special needs scholarships have been awarded. These award amounts range from $2,500 to $13,500, with an average of $6,000. Georgia also has a tax credit scholarship program which gives tax credits to individuals and corporations who donate scholarship funds to allow children of working class families to attend private school.

Learn more about Georgia’s parental school choice efforts here.

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