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A Failed Experiment: Georgia's Tax Credit Scholarships for Private Schools
Click to view the full article (PDF) This report by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) finds that Georgias program of tax credit scholarships for private K-12 schools has failed to achieve its primary public aim of providing the states low income children attending troubled public schools with new, affordable opportunities for a good education. During the last three years, the state program has diverted more than $72 million of Georgias tax revenues to private organizations operating virtually in secret.

Based on all available evidence, SEF finds that the law has been carried out in large measure as a means to publicly finance the attendance of relatively well-to-do students, many of whom are already in private schools. And, the report finds that instead of saving state tax funds, each of the private school scholarships financed by Georgias tax credits has cost the state government more than twice what it would spend to send a child to public schools.

SEFs 82-page report analyzes available data relating to public accountability and compliance with the law; educational performance; scholarships for low income and minority students; state constitutional issues; and fiscal costs. The report finds in every area that tax credit scholarships for private schools has significantly failed Georgia taxpayers and school children.

A special 8-page summary of A Failed Experiment is available HERE. The full 82-page report is available by clicking the link below.

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