Monday, January 21, 2013

Georgia's Education Contribution Tax Credit Becomes Controversial Because of Anti-Gay Policies of Schools

The New York Times reported yesterday that the state of Georgia's popular tax credit program for contributions to private school scholarship programs has become controversial because more than 115 religiously sponsored schools that benefit from the program have explicit bans on attendance by gay, lesbian and bisexual students. A 17-page report (full text) issued this month by the Southern Education Foundation documents the problem. The issue is likely to gain attention as State Representative Earl Ehrhart plans to propose an increase in the total amount allocated for tax credits under the program. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]