Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow parents to take state dollars for private educational use. House Bill 243 proposes to create Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to set public money aside for educational services, including private school tuition, textbooks and curriculum materials, private tutoring and contributions to a college savings plan. Kindergarten and first grade students who attend private or home schools would be eligible. If approved, the proposed program would cost the state at least $223.2 million in fiscal year 2028, just counting children who enroll in the program as kindergartners. Download the bill analysis.


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