Georgia Lawmakers Work to Secure Education Savings Accounts for Students

Georgia Lawmakers Work to Secure Education Savings Accounts for Students

April 9, 2015

Excel National Thanks Georgia Lawmakers for Working to Secure
Education Savings Accounts for Students
ESAs give learning choices to parents and students

Tallahassee, Fla.Excellence in Education National (@Excel_National) Executive Director Patricia Levesque issued the following statement in support of legislation to bring Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to Georgia.

“The students and families of Georgia deserve options and access to the best education possible. By advancing both HB 243 and SB 116 this year, the General Assembly took a huge step forward in bringing customizable education to students across Georgia. I applaud Representative Mark Hamilton, Senator Hunter Hill and the many legislators who support this policy for their vision and tireless efforts to advance common sense reform in Georgia.

“Excel National is grateful for the opportunity to work with Georgia leaders, our partners, advocates and parents to expand school choice options as a cost-effective and efficient way to improve academic outcomes for Peach State students. We look forward to working with Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission to advance this policy throughout 2015 and to continue the discussion on HB 243 and SB 116 in the 2016 legislative session.”


Background on Education Savings Accounts:

  • Education Savings Accounts (also commonly referred to as Education Scholarship Accounts or ESAs) are an innovative way to bring customization to the education system.
  • ESAs allow parents to direct their child’s funding to the schools, courses, programs and services of their choice – including tuition and fees, curriculum materials, tutoring, online learning, dual enrollment and licensed services such as therapy for students with disabilities.
  • Parents are able to save unused funds for higher education expenses – creating an incentive for parents to judge all education service expenses not only on quality but also on cost.
  • ESAs create a personal approach to education, where the ultimate goal is maximizing each child’s natural learning abilities.

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