In Colorado, the Douglas County School District offers primary and secondary scholarships of up to $4,575 in funds for tuition at private schools to up to 500 students. This program was instituted to save money for the taxpayers of the county since the cost of educating those students in the government schools is $6,100. In addition, it is hoped schools, both private and government, will improve their educational programs in order to compete for students. The leaders of the county believe a large pool of even better educated students will attract industry seeking that quality in their workforce.
Is this legal? Many residents of the county thought not and tested it in the local and state courts. It was found to be perfectly legal. But we live in Georgia. We have different laws with different interpretations, right?
Undoubtedly, I have no idea if such a program could stand under the laws of Georgia. I do know the state is forcing the local school districts to carry more of the load for their students’ education.
I know our own county has been squeezed so hard it has had to raise taxes. That being the case, a thorough analysis of the Douglas County program seems in order.
With a similar program, could Columbia County save taxpayer money? Could the program stand under the laws of Georgia? If not, should we ask our local legislative delegation to work toward making such a program legal?
If such a program can be instituted for less money and with no degradation in the quality of education, shouldn’t it be?