Today, we are celebrating a victory as Governor Kemp signed legislation (HB 517) that would increase the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship cap allowing thousands more children to utilize the program annually. 

After two years of disrupted learning, the new funds will enable many more students to access the school of their choice, giving families the flexibility in deciding the education that’s right for their children. This legislation not only increases the cap of the program from $100 million to $120 million but also makes notable improvements in transparency and oversight and increases individual and corporate giving limits

“With the passage and signing of this legislation, Georgia once again is showing its commitment to expanding school choice options for families in order to help more students find a school that is the right fit for them,” said GeorgiaCAN Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan.

At GeorgiaCAN, we know every child learns differently and the expansion of this program allows for more families to take part. This success could not have been achieved without the hard work of two of Georgia’s strongest champions for students, HB 517’s sponsors Representative John Carson and Senator Chuck Payne. We are also especially grateful to the leadership of the House and Senate–Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller–for their support and help guiding this bill to the finish line. 

To find out more about HB 517, click here.

Michael O’Sullivan is the executive director of GeorgiaCAN.


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