Senate Committee Passes SB 386 – Expansion of the Special Needs Scholarship
ATLANTA (March 4, 2020) | Today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan praised the committee passage of Senate Bill 386, which broadens the Special Needs Scholarship – allowing more eligible families to utilize the scholarship.
“I have three boys who attend public school and I understand the critical importance of education in a child’s life,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, “But it is crucial to allow parents and guardians the opportunity to make choices that best fit their child and their child’s needs.”
The Special Needs Scholarship was established in 2007 and allows students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to qualify for a voucher to fund private education tuition. SB 386 will expand eligibility requirements to include students with a plan under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The legislation also adds an exemption to the requirement of prior attendance at a Georgia public school to include students who were adopted or received foster care.
SB 386, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman, passed the Senate Education and Youth Committee by a 6-4 vote today and will now move to the Rules Committee.