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Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a ‘failed experiment’

Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a 'failed experiment'
June 7, 2011 --

Many Georgia students have enrolled in public school in recent years without ever attending class, solely to take advantage of a 2008 state law creating tax-subsidized scholarships for pupils in private schools.  Legislators have described that practice as a legal but unintended consequence of the statute, which was purportedly intended to give children in failing public schools the chance for a private education that they otherwise couldn’t afford. But, in a report released today, critics charge the law creating so-called “student scholarship organizations” (SSOs) was crafted specifically to help pay for students to remain in private school.

Ehrhart’s bill helps non-profits (including, though undisclosed, his own)

Ehrhart's bill helps non-profits (including, though undisclosed, his own)
June 1, 2011 --

Rep. Earl Ehrhart knows how to take care of his own. Ehrhart — CEO of a non-profit group that helps donors get state tax credits for gifts to religious schools — sponsored a new law in 2011 that raises the limit on those credits and eases restrictions on how contributions may be spent. The Cobb County lawmaker has never disclosed his role with the non-profit on disclosure forms mandated by state law.

May 11

May 11, 2010 --

DOT project benefits lifelong friend of governor Last-minute bill gives governor more redistricting power 6 groups file legal challenge to proposed coal-fired power plant Bus stops near sex offenders Azziz to review Medical College admin pay Groups urge Perdue to veto bill eliminating tax credit for poor

April 24

April 24, 2010 --

Judge’s sex talk swept under the robe? ATL mayor seeks massive rollback of pension benefits Vote to eliminate tax credit to poor dismays critics Early reports acknowledge some CRCT cheating Mohawk settlement could spark more illegal-worker lawsuits McIntosh County commissioner indicted for perjury Twiggs judge testifies on alleged misconduct