Special Education A State Capitals Roundup

Georgia Voucher Bill Awaiting Signature

By Linda Jacobson — May 08, 2007 1 min read


Children with special needs would be eligible to receive a voucher toward tuition at a private school under a controversial Georgia bill awaiting Gov. Sonny Perdue’s signature.

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act, which is modeled after Florida’s McKay Scholarship program, would provide roughly $9,000 to parents whose children already have been diagnosed with certain physical, emotional, or learning disabilities.

The governor, a Republican, is expected to sign the bill, and supporters say the plan would give parents more options.

Both the Georgia Association of Educators, an affiliate of the National Education Association, and the nonunion Professional Association of Georgia Educators have voiced opposition to the plan, calling it a step in the direction of vouchers for all students.

Kevin Pearson, a spokesman for the GAE, said the bill would “provide private schools the opportunity to get taxpayer dollars, pick the students they want to serve—all without accountability for the education they provide to special-needs students.”

The proposal has also encountered some skepticism from members of the special education community, who say that children with disabilities would lose certain rights provided under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

See Also

See other stories on education issues in Georgia. See data on Georgia’s public school system.

For more stories on this topic see Special Education and Charters & Choice.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the May 09, 2007 edition of Education Week


Jobs The EdWeek Top School Jobs Virtual Career Fair
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Mathematics Webinar
Engaging Young Students to Accelerate Math Learning
Join learning scientists and inspiring district leaders, for a timely panel discussion addressing a school district’s approach to doubling and tripling Math gains during Covid. What started as a goal to address learning gaps in
Content provided by Age of Learning & Digital Promise, Harlingen CISD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
How to Power Your Curriculum With Digital Books
Register for this can’t miss session looking at best practices for utilizing digital books to support their curriculum.
Content provided by OverDrive

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Special Education 'They Already Feel Like Bad Students.' A Special Educator Reflects on Virtual Teaching
In a year of remote teaching, a high school special ed teacher has seen some of his students struggle and some thrive.
4 min read
Tray Robinson, a special education teacher, sits for a photo at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos, Calif., on April 21, 2021.
Tray Robinson, a special education teacher, says remote learning has provided new ways for some of his students to soar, and has made others want to quit.
Sarahbeth Maney for Education Week
Special Education What the Research Says Gifted Education Comes Up Short for Low-Income and Black Students
Wildly disparate gifted education programs can give a minor boost in reading, but the benefits mainly accrue to wealthy and white students.
8 min read
Silhouette of group of students with data overlay.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Special Education What the Research Says Most Students With Disabilities Still Attend Remotely. Teachers Say They're Falling Behind
A new survey finds that students with disabilities are struggling in virtual classes, even with added support from teachers.
3 min read
Image shows a young femal student working on a computer from phone, interfacing with an adult female.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Special Education Whitepaper
A Comprehensive Guide to the IEP Process
Download this guide to learn strategies for bringing together all stakeholders to plan an IEP that addresses the whole child; using relia...
Content provided by n2y