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Legislative Watch:  HB60 Education Savings Account Voucher Bill Introduced

Jan 12, 2021 | , ,

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

GEORGIA – House Bill 60 (HB 60) was introduced by Representative Wes Cantrell (R – 22nd District – Woodstock).  Cantrell has introduced an education savings account voucher bill previously.  The new version of the Georgia Educational Scholarship Act is similar to prior voucher bills, except it contains one major COVID-19 related aspect.  Eligibility for the proposed Georgia Education Scholarship include students, who have a documented case of being bullied, meet income requirements, have an IEP for one of several listed disabilities, have been adopted from foster care, or have at least one parent who is active duty military. Moreover students, who spent the previous school year enrolled in a public school in a local school system not currently offering an option for students to receive 100% of instruction in person, have been added to the list of qualifications for the potential voucher.

The bill also contains other information.  It provides specific details relating to qualified education expenses, a cap on the number of students who may take part in the program, requirements of parents who accept the voucher, requirements of the school district, the voucher formula, and assessment and accountability requirements also.

For a comprehensive narrative of the bill, go on-line to http://www.ciclt.net/sn/leg/l_detail2.aspx?ClientCode=gsba&L_ID=2130886&L_State=ga&L_Session=2021-2022&L_Prior=2019-2020/.

Note:  The Lanier County News suggests reading about the proposed legislation and contacting our area Representative James Burchett at 404-656-0188 or james.burchett@house.ga.gov/.  It is important for Burchett to know the minds of his constituents.


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