Hundreds Rally For More K-12 Options in Georgia

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A throng of 500 students, parents and advocates gathered on the state Capitol steps yesterday morning, hoping their show of force would persuade the legislators inside to make it easier for kids to attend private or charter schools or be home schooled.

Goals include adding $10 million to the now-$50 million state cap on the tax credit scholarship and expanding the existing Georgia Special Needs Scholarship to military and foster children. Parents can use the scholarships to pay private tuition for children.

“We want the money to follow the children, wherever they go,” said David Pusey, director of the Center for an Educated Georgia, which helped organize the rally.

Parents insisted that was the best way to make sure their children — some with slower learning abilities, others who were more advanced — stayed engaged.

Aletha R. Cherry said she had first tried private and public schools for her son, Caleb, before settling on Atlanta Preparatory School this year.

The school has helped the third-grader work on a middle-school level, she said, but keeps him with his peers.

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