Georgia – 2010 – SB361 – Georgia Early HOPE Scholarship

Amends Georgia Code relating to the scholarship program for special needs students, so as to expand eligibility for the program; to rename the scholarship the “Georgia Early HOPE Scholarship”; to revise definitions; to provide for additional notification of the program; to provide for additional state funds to be included in the scholarship payment;

to provide deadlines for scholarship payments to parents; to provide for related matters; to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This bill provides scholarships to expand school choice for elementary, middle and high schoolers. It expands eligibility for a scholarship to students with section 504 disabilities; children who are or who have been in foster care; and children with a parent currently in the military, reserves or national guard. The law also increases requirements to notify parents about the program.