Action Alert: Keep Public Tax Dollars out of Private Schools

It’s time to tell Gov. Deal you don’t want public tax dollars going to private schools.

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House Bills 217 and 787 have passed the legislature and sit on the governor’s desk for him to sign. We need him to veto them!


Gov. Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776

During this legislative session, the General Assembly passed two bills that increase the amount of public tax dollars used to fund private schools. House Bill 217 expands tax credits for “scholarships” at private schools but doesn’t require any data on how those scholarships are handed out or their effectiveness. The non-partisan Georgia Budget & Policy Institute calls the bill “unwise” and notes its lack of transparency.

House Bill 787 would increase public funding for Georgia’s charter schools with a budget that far exceeds what is allocated for some of the state’s public schools. The fact that Republican Sen. Lindsey Tippins resigned his committee chairmanship over this bill should show how bad it is.

Despite the announcement that our public schools will be “fully funded” for the first time in 16 years, Georgia’s public schools remain incredibly under-funded. State tax dollars should be going to the public schools that serve the majority of our children, not the private/charter schools that serve a privileged few.

Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:


My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I do not support House Bills 217 and 787. I believe that state tax dollars should go toward funding public education, not private and charter schools. I hope that Governor Deal will realize the negative impact these bills would have on our state’s public education system and veto them.

Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.

Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.

Please call Gov. Deal TODAY.

TELL HIM: We don’t want public money going to private schools!

Thanks for caring,

Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone

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