Let’s tell our legislators we don’t want them to expand vouchers.
The Georgia legislature is currently considering legislation that would expand voucher programs for education. Reps. Deborah Gonzalez, Spencer Frye and Jonathan Wallace likely oppose this legislation, but Sens. Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn really need to hear from you to change their minds.
Sen. Bill Cowsert, 46 (R) 404-463-1366
Sen. Frank Ginn, 47 (R) 404-656-4700
Rep. Deborah Gonzalez, 117 (D) 404-656-0220
Rep. Spencer Frye, 118 (D) 404-656-0265
Rep. Jonathan Wallace, 119 (D) 404-656-0109
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Voucher programs that provide scholarships to private schools can sound like a good idea, but the state of Georgia’s current budget under-funds its public schools by about $167 million.
House Bill 217, which is in conference committee right now (so that the Georgia House and Senate can find a compromise), would add millions of dollars to voucher programs and divert them from public schools. These programs are not means tested, which means they can serve as a tax dodge for wealthy families who would send their children to private schools anyway. House Bill 482 would create a state-funded voucher program that would use state revenues to fund private schools, home school expenses, private tutoring, and college savings accounts.
We can’t afford to cut public education funding further.
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 oppose expanding voucher programs in Georgia, as HB 217 and HB 482 would do. Our public schools badly need these funds and continue to be under-funded by the state’s own formula.
Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.
Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.
Please call them TODAY.
TELL THEM: Public schools need funding!
Thanks for caring,
Legislative Action Network
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