Georgia Increases Cap on School Choice Program

Today, the Georgia House and Senate passed a bill that expands the state’s successful tax credit scholarship program through additional funding, transparency, and accountability. The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, released the following statement.

Statement from Jamie Lord, Georgia Government Affairs Advisor:

“More Georgia families will finally be able to access the school of their choice, thanks to the expansion of the successful Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship. Increasing the cap on the tax credit will create more opportunities for families to find the best school for their child. More than 13,000 students are currently receiving privately funded scholarships thanks to this tax credit program, and we expect thousands more to now have the benefit of receiving the education of their choice. We stand with these families and thank bill sponsor Rep. John Carson for his leadership in pushing for more educational freedom across the state.”

Details on House Bill 217:

  • Increases the program tax credit cap from $58 million to $100 million per year
  • Increases transparency by requiring Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) to report the students they serve in four income categories based on Free and Reduced Priced Lunch
  • Requires SSOs to report average scholarship amounts by income bracket
  • Reduces the amount of administrative allowance for SSOs, freeing up more money for scholarships

Learn more about the program here: https://www.federationforchildren.org/program/georgia-scholarship-tax-credit/