Debates around school funding and the best use of public dollars are rife with confusion. Discussion around school vouchers, which provide public funding for private education, seem to be a particular magnet for half-truths or previously disproven claims. The following table gives a few of the most popular myths, and the reality that runs counter.
Myth: When students take a voucher, public school funding is unaffected.
Myth: Schools are over-funded because of the federal relief funds.
Myth: Schools have enough in savings.
Fact: Lawmakers cited the money in school district reserves in the spring of 2020 as evidence that schools have plenty in savings. In reality, school districts may have funding set aside for a predetermined function such as building additions. There are different types of reserves and citing large fund balances as evidence that schools have plenty of savings is like looking at someone’s paycheck on payday and declaring that they must be rich. Bills still need to be paid.
Myth: Parents can use these vouchers to exercise school choice for their children.
Myth: Kids perform better on tests in private schools once they use vouchers.
Myth: Vouchers support low-income families.
 For more information on how schools are funded: see: Owens, S. (2019, May 23). How does Georgia fund schools? Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. https://gbpi.org/how-does-georgia-fund-schools/
 Georgia Department of Corrections, (2020, May 4). Georgia school districts to receive $411 million in CARES Act funding.
 Salzer, J. (2020). Georgia House, Senate agree to budget with $950 million in school cuts but no employee furloughs. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-house-senate-agree-budget-with-950-million-school-cuts-but-employee-furloughs/VQ2EGU3WMp7m4CL5KWHbDO/
 See: Georgia Department of Education (2020). Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program End of School Year Report 2019-2020 School Year. p. 12.
 See: Abdulkadiroğlu, A., Pathak, P. A., & Walters, C. R. (2018). Free to choose: Can school choice reduce student achievement? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(1), 175-206; Figlio, D., & Karbownik, K. (2016). Evaluation of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program: Selection, competition, and performance effects. Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Dynarski, M., Rui, N., Webber, A., & Gutmann, B. (2017). Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts after one year. NCEE 2017-4022. National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance; Waddington, R. J., & Berends, M. (2018). Impact of the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program: Achievement effects for students in upper elementary and middle school. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 37(4), 783-808; Lubienski, C. A., & Lubienski, S. T. (2013). The public school advantage: Why public schools outperform private schools. University of Chicago Press.
 Georgia General Assembly. (2021). HB 10 Support for students living in poverty act (to provide for grants by the State Board of Education to local units of administration to support students living in poverty). https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58795