State lawmakers are considering a bill that would deny jobless benefits to school workers employed by private companies during summers. Backers say it would save the state money, but critics say the bill merely favors private companies, including charter school management firms.
The issue of Georgia taxpayers’ dollars supporting private schools is at the center of a new debate. A 2008 law allows Georgians to take a tax credit after making a charitable donation to certain private schools and student scholarship organization but Monday the Southern Education Foundation filed a complaint about the tax credit to the Georgia Department of Revenue.
The executive committee of the Georgia High School Association could change high school football as we know it at their biannual meeting in Macon on Monday, allowing their more public and private schools to meet on the field.
A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler had instituted a benefits change earlier this year, saying it was unfair to pay the seasonal benefits when public school system employees don't get them.
Authorities say Georgia nonprofit agencies had to return millions of dollars to taxpayers who wanted to donate money to the popular Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lure of receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions made to support scholarships for public school students seeking a private school education had more people donating faster than ever.
Georgia is running out of money for a program that had public and private school advocates protesting three years ago. That's when lawmakers approved a tax credit that funds private schools. The credit has proved popular. And now that the state is closing in on the program's budget limit, private school advocates say, lawmakers should increase funding.