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Senate increases tax credits for scholarships
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Mar 29, 5:15 AM: The Georgia Senate on Tuesday approved an increase of the cap on the state’s tax credit for private school scholarships program.
School choice can put some rural districts at risk of losing funds
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Mar 28, 7:09 AM: Epps said the public school system is a vital part of this community. It’s one of the largest employers in Talbot County, where one-quarter of the population lives in poverty. And there are no private or charter schools in the >
Cobb senators clash over school vouchers
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Mar 27, 4:56 AM: State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, tried to tack on a school voucher amendment to this year’s legislation addressing struggling schools, but only ended up butting heads with another Cobb senator.
Charter school legislation clarifies access to funding, “unused” buildings
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Mar 24, 7:04 AM: Easier access to money and school buildings are among the benefits for charter schools of proposed changes to Georgia education law.
Forsyth Virtual gives students alternative to classroom
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Mar 22, 6:02 AM: The Forsyth County Board of Education heard a presentation March 14 on the academy, which serves students from 6th-12th grad. Students and staff explained how the program works, how it’s successful and could be improved. There are >
Tax breaks for private school scholarships would grow under new legislation
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Mar 22, 5:32 AM: A program that lets taxpayers erase some of their debt to the state if they earmark the money for private school tuition would grow by $7 million a year under new amendments by Georgia lawmakers.
School improvement bill clears Senate panel, with modifications
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Mar 21, 5:50 AM: The legislative proposal to improve Georgia’s lowest-performing schools exited a Senate committee Monday and could soon be on its way to the governor, assuming lawmakers agree to the recent changes.
Senators consider, amend Georgia House’s school turnaround plan
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Mar 16, 5:40 AM: The legislative proposal to improve Georgia’s lowest-performing schools got another hearing and some amendments Wednesday, but did not advance through the Senate.
Lawmakers debate tax credit for school “innovation” fund
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Mar 10, 6:56 AM: Georgia lawmakers are considering a tax credit program that would steer $7 million a year into an “innovation” fund for school improvement.
Reaction mixed to “Plan B” bill after Opportunity School District
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Mar 8, 6:14 AM: Georgia’s new approach to so-called failing schools has not become a law yet, but it’s already accomplished one thing: It’s fractured the possible opposition.
Georgia House approves charter school recommendations
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Mar 6, 6:43 AM:

The Georgia House of Representatives approved a bill Friday night that implements the charter school recommendations from the Governor's Education Reform Commission of 2015.

Georgia House passes education bill
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Mar 2, 6:37 AM: Legislators in the Georgia House passed a bill on Wednesday that critics say isn’t that different from the constitutional amendment targeting failing schools voters rejected last fall. Except this time it doesn’t require voter >
New plan for ‘lowest-performing’ schools advancing through Legislature
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Feb 27, 6:42 AM: After failing to persuade Georgia voters last year to let the state take over low-performing schools, lawmakers are proposing what they describe as a “collaborative” alternative to avoid another bruising battle.
Proposed ‘education savings account’ will be costly for taxpayers and benefit affluent c
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Feb 24, 7:01 AM: Georgia taxpayers could soon be funding private schools to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year or more, disproportionately benefiting well-off families in urban areas.
Debate begins on new proposal to turn around failing schools
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Feb 17, 6:39 AM: As Georgia lawmakers considered a new proposal Thursday for turning around chronically failing schools, critics called it a reincarnation of Amendment 1, which voters turned down in November. Amendment 1 would have let the state >
Georgia lawmakers try again at intervention in failing schools
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Feb 15, 8:01 AM: About a dozen schools across Middle Georgia are at the bottom of a state ranking for student performance. They could be in for state intervention under a new bill in the state House.
Georgia lawmakers try again at intervention in failing schools
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Feb 15, 8:01 AM: About a dozen schools across Middle Georgia are at the bottom of a state ranking for student performance. They could be in for state intervention under a new bill in the state House.
Piedmont Academy offers option for Newton County students
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Feb 15, 7:24 AM: Seventy-four Newton County children are enrolled at Piedmont Academy, Monticello this year. That number represents 26 percent of the 280 students studying at this area’s oldest private school.
Republican Lawmakers Introduce School Takeover Replacement Plan
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Feb 14, 6:49 AM: Georgia voters said ‘no’ in November to a constitutional amendment that would’ve let the state takeover some low-performing schools. The 'Opportunity School District' plan was championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who promised to come up >
President’s proposed school choice vision already an option in Aiken County
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Jan 27, 6:30 AM: President Donald Trump’s vision to invest $20 billion dollars toward school choice is not a new concept. Trump’s plan gives students and parents the option to attend any private or public school they want.

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