41 Days of School Choice: Day 25 – Georgia is a Leader in Special Needs Scholarship Programs
Washington, D.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, celebrates Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship Program, as part of the back to school initiative #41Days of School Choice.
Georgia is one of the leading states in special needs scholarships, enacting the Special Needs Scholarship Program in 2007. The program offers increased education options to families with special needs students, by assisting with private school tuition. The scholarships are based on severity of the student’s needs, and range from $2,500-$13,500.
“Children with disabilities must receive an education that meets their unique needs,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “Tens of thousands of children across the country will have the opportunity to thrive in the schools of their parents’ choice because the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program has served as a successful model for programs across the country.”
The program is very popular with bi-partisan support in the state legislature, and is also highly successful with Georgia parents. In the 2013-14 school year, the program awarded 3,400 students the opportunity to seek high-quality education options of their choice. The program was strengthened in 2013 by adding additional enrollment dates for families and improved the functionality of the program for participating schools.
- No income eligibility
- To quality, students must attend public school in the previous year
- No enrollment cap
- To participate in the program, students must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the entire school year, prior to receiving a scholarship
For more information about this program visit http://bit.ly/1vk3BtU
Throughout the 41 Days of School Choice campaign, the American Federation for Children will be promoting programs using the hashtag “#41Days”
The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.