Complete School Choice In Georgia?

I just found out about proposed legislation (though a bill has not yet been filed) for allowing complete school choice in Georgia. State Senator Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), president pro tem of the GA Senate, has suggested that the Georgia school system begin using vouchers and school choice. This would allow a student to attend any school any where, public or private. I’m very interested in what the teachers among us think of such a proposal. A few points of Johnson’s proposal are:

*State funding would follow the student, though local funding would not.
*Each school’s council will determine what students it accepts based on its capacity, the student’s grades or other criteria.
*The proposal would require parents to provide transportation to the new school.

By the way, thanks to Stephen who recently hooked me up with a “Georgia political news” RSS feed you will probably start seeing a lot of my banter begin to lean toward state news. I am very excited about this since I have long lamented the fact that I feel unplugged from Georgia’s goings-on. Thanks again, Steve.

And if you want to subscribe to said RSS feed, here it is: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=Dg3xIO7h3RGyWJLkbbsjiw&_render=rss

Just drop that in your favorite RSS reader/manager and you’re off! But be warned–it pulls a lot of information and not all of it may be pertinent to you.

Josh H.


4 Responses to “Complete School Choice In Georgia?”

  1. January 18, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I think the proposed bill is wonderful. This would be a big help to the many parents who want to enroll their students in private school but do not have the funds. I know this measure would serve to drastically cut funds in public schools, especially those that are already strapped for cash. Perhaps having such an event occur would serve as a wake-up call to the public school system and they would perform a complete overhaul. Be sure, though, that if the bill passes, there will be much whining and complaints of discrimination and racism by supporters of public school.

  2. January 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    You are probably right about the whining part. But it seems so ridiculous that race would enter into the issue but some folks will make it so. I mean if folks do not care to change schools they don ‘t have to. But if funding starts going out of a school due to decreasing numbers of students they don’t need to holler about racism. They need to meet with that school and tell them to get their act together.

    Competition is always a good thing.

  3. January 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    HB 100 has been introduced. Here is the link to the full text:


  4. January 21, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Just noticed that this is a different bill than the one you referenced.

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