ATLANTA (June 12, 2017) | Sen. William Ligon (R – Brunswick) was recently given an A+ rating and honor roll distinction by the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) for his votes in favor of school choice options and his co-sponsorship of school choice legislation.
The bills scored for this distinction during the 2017 Georgia legislative session were HB 430, which successfully created a new $100,000 annual block grant for every public charter school to use towards facility needs; HB 217, a bill which attempted, but failed, to expand Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program for students attending private schools (currently capped at $58 million); HB 224, which now allows children of active duty service members to attend any public school in the district; and an amendment to HB 338 which failed, but attempted to create educational savings accounts so that parents could allocate their children’s state education dollars on various educational options such as tuition, textbooks, virtual schooling, special education therapies, and tutoring. In addition to these scored bills, special “honor roll” recognition went to legislators who sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to expand educational options.
“When we give parents school choice for their children and additional educational resources they can access, Georgia’s students naturally have more opportunities to succeed,” said Sen. Ligon. “I am thankful for groups such as the Georgia Center for Opportunity for their efforts to bring more educational freedom to Georgia’s students.”
For additional information on the GCO and their Legislator Report Card please follow the links below:
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For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2017
Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Associate