Five Reasons To Increase Georgia’s Tuition Tax Credit Cap

January 22nd, 2015 by 1 Comment
  1. Student Achievement: Eleven of 12 random assignment studies (the gold standard in research) show school choice improves academic outcomes of participants; no study found a negative impact. Of 23 studies, 22 found school choice improves outcomes at public schools. Source: The Heritage Foundation
  2. Parental Satisfaction: A survey by Georgia’s largest student scholarship organization found 98.6 percent of parents “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their decision to send their children to a private school. Source: Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program
  3. Public School Budget Benefits: The average scholarship ($3,388) is nearly $8,000 lower than total revenues per student ($11,345) in Georgia public schools and more than $1,000 lower than state revenue per student ($4,488). More scholarships equals more savings for Georgia taxpayers and/or more funding for public school students. Source: Georgia Public Policy Foundation
  4. Popularity across Party Lines: Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians support the program and support raising the cap. Seventy percent of Georgians support the tuition tax credit scholarship program; 62 percent support increasing the cap to $100 million. Source: Georgia College 
  5. Popularity with Taxpayers: The annual limit on contributions – $58 million – was reached within the first 21 days of 2014 and in one day – January 1 – this year. (For comparison, Florida’s cap is $447 million.) Source: Georgia Department of Revenue

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