Georgia Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Expand Educational Opportunity

Today, lawmakers in Georgia advanced a bill that will expand the Georgia special needs scholarship program. Senate Bill 47 passed the Georgia House on a 91-71 vote with bipartisan support.

Statement from Christy Riggins, Georgia Field Director for the American Federation for Children:

“Today, a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers prioritized Georgia’s children with special needs over the fear tactics of special interests. As a result of this vote, thousands of children waiting in the margins for educational relief will no longer be excluded from a law that was always meant for their benefit. While credit for this victory belongs to the countless families who fought hard for this measure, we also applaud the bold actions of those lawmakers who rejected tremendous outside pressure to put dollars ahead of students.”


  • Senate Bill 47 expands the eligible pool of students for the special needs scholarship program to include those students with a 504 plan AND specific conditions
  • These changes will increase the number of Georgia students eligible for the program by approximately 50,000 or more children