Governor signs pair of school-choice bills

Monday, May 21, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

stack of textbooks (illustration)Thousands more Georgia children can attend the school of their choice after the state's governor recently signed two bills into law.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 217 to increase the cap on the tax credit scholarships from $58 million to $100 million dollars. He also signed HB 787, creating greater equity in funding for public charter schools.

Jamie Lord of the American Federation for Children in Georgia says the bills predictably had their detractors.

"The bills were opposed by those that typically oppose school-choice legislation," she says. "So we're a right-to-work state and don't have unions per se, but there are the de facto unions, the teachers' association, school boards' association, etc. that opposed the bills."

Lord predicts that the opponents - those advocating for the status quo - will not file suit against the increase in the tax credit scholarship program.

A court has already ruled that those challenging the program did not have legal standing to do so.

"So I believe the tax credit program," she says, "is probably safe from any further litigation at this point."

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