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|State funding goes to anti-gay private schools in Ga.?|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|January 22, 2013 15:29|
An article published Sunday in the New York Times highlights a recent report issued by the Southern Education Foundation which showed how some Georgia tax dollars are being filtered into private school scholarships, some of which goes to religious schools that ban gay and lesbian students, according to the article.
The tax credit program, created in 2008 and managed by the Georgia Student Scholarship Organization, allows Georgia tax payers to “donate” a portion of their annual state income tax for use at private schools to provide scholarships to students in kindergarten through high school. Those "donations" are matched dollar-for-dollar with a tax credit on state income tax. $50,000,000 can be donated each year.
Some of that money, according to the Southern Education Foundation, ends up at religiously based private schools which expressly prohibit gay and lesbian students from attending and in some cases could see students suspended or even expelled if they vocalize support for LGBT causes.
In total, more than 115 of the private schools which participate in the program explicitly forbid gay and lesbian students from attending, according to the report. That's roughly one-fourth of all the private schools in the program.
From the report:
More than 11 states have similar programs, according to the New York Times. And as these types of programs continue to gain popularity across the country, it will raise the question of the constitutionality of granting state-funded tax dollars to institutions with anti-gay policies.
One can only wonder how long it will be before SSOs are met with legal challenges over who received those funds.
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