Georgia parents find school choice just peachy

Monday, January 12, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A new survey of likely voters in Georgia shows strong support for the Georgia Opportunity Scholarship Program. 

Nearly two-thirds of Georgians, who were polled late last year, support the concept of school choice, McLaughlin and Associates reported.

But the tax-credit scholarship program is being challenged in court. 

Jeff Reed of the Friedman Foundation for School Choice says that's unfortunate because the program makes available up to $50 million for students. 

The $50 million "represents new funding for education," says Reed, even though it's not going to traditional public schools.

"Those children are still being educated and that's new funding for education in the state of Georgia," he tells OneNewsNow.

Reed

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported the program is so popular that $50 million-plus in tax credits was exhausted within weeks, which the newspaper predicted will gives supporters more reason to push for an increase in the upcoming legislative session.

The program allows up to a $2,500 tax credit for Georgians who contribute to the statewide scholarship program. Corporate donors also get a tax credit.

Though school choice programs are being challenged in various states, Reed says the momentum is moving in the direction of school choice nationwide.

In 2014, Florida created the nation's second education savings account program and Kansas created a tax credit scholarship program. Illionois could move toward school choice this year, he predicted.  

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