Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Georgia legislature approves tax breaks for private school scholarships

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Georgia legislature today approved a significant school choice bill, sending it to Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-Ga.) for his consideration:

If Perdue signs the bill into law, private citizens and corporations could get income tax credits for donating money to non-profit scholarship organizations. Those organizations, in turn, would provide scholarships to parents who want to pull their children out of public schools and send them to private ones.

The scholarship tax credit bill is Georgia HB 1133.

Another school choice bill, Georgia SB 458, would provide private school scholarships for students in schools that lose their accreditation. The scholarship would be for the amount of state funding provided to the district for that student and would come out of that district's allotment. SB 458 has passed the Senate and was favorably reported out of the House Science and Technology Committee last Thursday.

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