By Eric Wearne
A recent New York Times article called into question practices resulting from tuition tax credit programs around the country, including in Georgia. That article spends a lot of column space discussing creationism and football when the discussion should really come down to two issues: Are needy students benefitting from the program, and is the program being administered appropriately?
The clearly accessible (though self-reported) data available online show the answer to both questions, at least for some of Georgia’s leading Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) – including the state’s largest – is yes.
The Arête Scholars Fund
, for example, focuses explicitly on students with financial needs. In 2010-11 (the most recently reported data), Arête provided scholarships averaging $4,577.…