Lawmakers have filed HB 60, a bill that would enact a voucher program to take hundreds of millions of dollars of state money away from public schools and send them to private schools. This year’s bill also targets public schools that have not completely restarted their in-person instruction due to COVID-19 and prevents taxpayers from discovering which private schools receive their tax dollars.
This bill was announced on January 11, 2021. In order for it to become law it must first pass committee hearings and then be voted on by both Georgia’s House of Representatives and then the Senate. In order to stop this bill from becoming law we must tell our lawmakers not to vote for HB 60. You can find your lawmaker here.
Shining a light on efforts to divert state dollars away from public schools through voucher programs such as Education Savings Accounts is part of our 2021 Policy Priorities. GBPI is watching the 2021 legislative session to see if any bills arrive that might threaten to divert these dollars and will post any updates on this page.
The Basics on Vouchers:
Video and Fact Sheet: What Are School Vouchers? February 12, 2020
Policy Report: Shifting Public Funds to Private Schools: High Costs, Poor Track Record. April 26, 2018
Blog: Push to Expand Private School Tax Scholarships Disregards Lack of Evidence, Accountability. February 8, 2018
Blog: Georgia’s Tax Credit School Scholarship Program Lacks Accountability. August 31, 2017
How to help:
We need help to ensure that this bill does not pass. Make sure your legislator knows you want to keep public funds in public schools by rejecting H.B. 60. You can find your legislator and their email address here.
You can also help build public awareness and urge others to contact their legislator. Here are a few sample social media messages that you can use as a starting point for your own message, or verbatim.
Click here to tweet: GA lawmakers have introduced HB 60— a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of state dollars away from public schools towards private schools. To learn more about the status of the bill and how you can prevent it from becoming law, visit https://gbpi.org/resources-on-school-vouchers/
Click here to tweet: In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, a GA house bill targets public schools that haven’t completely restarted their in-person instruction due to COVID by diverting their funding to private schools. We can prevent this bill from becoming law: https://gbpi.org/resources-on-school-vouchers/
Copy and paste to share to Facebook: Georgia lawmakers have introduced HB 60—a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of state dollars away from public schools towards private schools. It would specifically target public schools that are taking COVID precautions by not allowing 100% in-person instruction. To learn more about the status of the bill and how you can prevent it from becoming law, visit https://gbpi.org/resources-on-school-vouchers.
Bill Analysis for Senate Bill 386 (LC 49 0125): Potential Voucher Expansion Leaves Students and Parents at a Loss. February 28, 2020
Policy Report: Bills Set Stage to Divert Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Public to Private Schools. March 28, 2019
Blog: Lawmakers Push to Shift Public Money to Private Schools. March 5, 2018
Policy Report: Private School Savings Accounts Lack Oversight, Could Prove Costly. February 22, 2018
Blog: Private School Scholarship Savings Claims Deserve Skepticism. March 17, 2017
Blog: Misguided March to Expand Tax Credits for Private School Scholarships. March 9, 2017
Bill Analysis for House Bill 140: Private School Scholarships to Divert $30 Million More in Revenue. February 20, 2013