(The Center Square) – Georgia is ranked 14th in the nation for educational freedom, according to a new index of the Heritage Foundation.
The Peach State ranked in the middle of its neighboring states. Georgia outperformed Alabama (No. 16), North Carolina (15) and South Carolina (23), but trailed Florida (1) and Tennessee (10).
“The Heritage Foundation Education Freedom report card shows that progress has been made in empowering parents in Georgia. But there is much more to be done,” said Buzz Brockway, vice president of public policy for the Georgia Center for Opportunity. in a report.
“Neighboring states like Florida and Tennessee offer more options for their parents and rank higher in academic achievement,” Brockway added. “We owe it to our children to give their parents more options with programs like a scholarship account and to continue to grow Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program.”
In March, Georgian senators kill Senate Bill 601, Freedom of Education in Georgia Lawafter it initially appeared lawmakers could pass the legislation.
The measure would have created state-funded Promise Scholarships of up to $6,000 per year. Families of the roughly 1.7 million K-12 students in Georgia could use the money for private school tuition and other education expenses, such as tutoring and curriculum home schooling.
Separately, a November 2021 EdChoice analysis found vouchers saved Georgian taxpayers between $605 million and $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018.
Meanwhile, Reason Foundation’s 2022 K-12 Education Spending Projector found that Georgia’s spending per student has increased over the past two decades, while its enrollment has grown at a higher rate.