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Georgia Center for Opportunity Invites Lawmakers to Connect with Students as School Choice Bills Press Legislative Action

Atlanta – (Jan. 22, 2018) – As the General Assembly gathers under the Gold Dome, the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) will join lawmakers and students in recognizing National School Choice Week. Taking place between January 21 and January 27, the annual event has been widely regarded for uniting education choice advocates around legislative solutions that would have the clearest impact for Georgia’s students and parents. In honor of the week, GCO is hosting an intimate breakfast program for students and legislators at the capitol building on Tuesday, January 23rd.

“We look forward to celebrating the changed lives that school choice has yielded for children in Georgia,” said Georgia Center for Opportunity president and CEO Randy Hicks. “Many more children are waiting for the same chance for success, but instead face barriers placed on them by their zip code and unresponsive elected officials. As the 2018 legislative session begins this year, we expect lawmakers to fulfill their promises to open new opportunities for our state’s most underserved kids.”

Students on hand from Bright Futures Academy will distribute cards and letters to lawmakers. Penned by students from across the state, the notes emphasize the positive changes school choice has had in the lives of the children. 

At the end of the 2017 legislative session, a bill that would have expanded student tax credit scholarships was left on the table. Now set to be taken up in the 2018 session, the measure would allow parents of K-12 students access to much-needed scholarship dollars donated by generous individuals and businesses. A state limit currently caps the amount that can be donated, though donors remain eager to give millions more to the popular program. 

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are also part of the legislative landscape for the upcoming session. By allocating tax dollars that would otherwise go to their children’s school into a savings account, the legislative proposal seeks to allow parents to create a customized learning experience for their children from a wide variety of educational services. 

To learn more about school choice in Georgia visit georgiaopportunity.org

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Georgia Center for Opportunity is independent and non-partisan. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians.


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