A Failed Experiment: Georgia's Tax Credit Scholarships for Private Schools

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-06-10
Organization: 
Southern Educationi Fund
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

Created three years ago to help low-income children in poorly performing schools transfer to private schools, Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program has largely benefited well-to-do children and diverted more than $72 million in precious state tax revenue at a time when the state’s public education systems have experienced deep budget cuts. According to Southern Education Foundation’s report, each of the private school scholarships has cost the state more than twice what it would cost to send a child to public school.