SCHOOL CHOICE

Allowing parents to decide where their children attend school is one of the most effective ways to ensure children receive a quality education.

ABOUT SCHOOL CHOICE

GCO has been involved in the school choice movement for more than a decade. In recent years ,  GCO helped to create and secure the passage of Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarships and Tuition Tax Credit programs. In 2012, GCO was instrumental in getting the Georgia Charter School amendment passed.

Every child is different – which is why families should have a variety of options when deciding how to educate their children. The goal of school choice is to ensure families have quality educational options – including traditional public school, public charter school, private school (including tax credit and special needs scholarship participants), online education, homeschool, and hybrid school – that will help their children learn and grow.

Does your State Senator and Representative support giving your family more educational options? See if they make the grade in our 2019 Legislator Report Card.

Education Savings Accounts–the latest innovation in educational choice programs sweeping the country.  Find out more about Educational Savings Accounts by clicking below.

Looking for school choice legislation information at-a-glance? Check out this printable summary of Education Savings Accounts and the Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship.

SCHOOL CHOICE

IN GEORGIA

EDUCATIONAL CHOICE

Allowing parents to decide where their children attend school.

TYPES OF

SCHOOL CHOICE

CHARTER SCHOOLS

TUITION TAX CREDIT

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP

PUBLIC SCHOOL TRANSFERS

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Public schools that have the flexibility to practice innovative approaches to improve academic achievement.
Allows some of Georgia’s most vulnerable students to attend and afford public or private schools that serve their individual needs better than the school assigned to them by their zip code.
Enables Georgians to direct a portion of their state income tax dollars to scholarships for students who require the environment and education that a private school offers.
Provides parents the option to transfer their children to other schools within the same school system, as long as space is available.
Have the flexibility to practice innovative approaches to improve academic achievement.
Allows some of Georgia’s most vulnerable students to attend and afford public or private schools that serve their individual needs better than the school assigned to them by their zip code.
Enables Georgians to direct a portion of their state income tax dollars to scholarships for students who require the environment and education that a private school offers.
Provides parents the option to transfer their children to other schools within the same school system, as long as space is available.

SCHOOL CHOICE RESOURCES

School Choice Handbook

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s School Choice Handbook serves as a reference for anyone seeking school choice options for Public Charter Schools, Special Needs Scholarships, Tax Credit Scholarships, and Public School Transfers. In this handbook you will find helpful information on how to apply for the above options and where to find additional resources online.

Georgia Parents Alliance

The Georgia Parents Alliance (GPA) is a growing group of engaged parents who support school choice and reform. The GPA strives to expand opportunities to every family and empower parents to make the best education choices for their child.

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