Georgia Center for Opportunity releases report card grading lawmakers on school choice support

33 state lawmakers recognized for outstanding support of school choice in 2018

PEACHTREE CORNERS – On Wednesday, the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) released their 2018 Legislator Report Card, a scorecard recognizing state lawmakers according to their voting record on key school choice bills. The report empowers parents to see where their Representative and Senator stood on bills that would expand access to quality education for kids throughout the state.

Randy Hicks, President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Opportunity, said the scorecard is necessary because too many children are waiting for their chance at a better education.

“Time and again, Georgians on all sides of the aisle continue to express their support for expanding parental choice,” Hicks said. “We praise the legislators who prioritized children and families in 2018, and look forward to seeing greater movement under the Gold Dome to ensure all students have access to the best possible education.”

Legislation considered in the scorecard include an expansion to the state’s tax credit scholarship program and increases to funding of state charter schools. Both bills passed in 2018.

The scorecard ranks legislators on an A-F grade scale, though special honors were given to those who demonstrated outstanding support for educational choice. Members were named a “School Choice Champion” if they received As following both the 2017 and 2018 sessions, while those on the “Honor Roll” were recognized for sponsoring or co-sponsoring a bill that would increase educational options.

In total, 33 current and outgoing legislators in the House and Senate received “Honor Roll” and/or “School Choice Champion” honors. Some are listed twice as they were given both designations. They include:

School Choice Champion:

Senator John Albers (R- Alpharetta)

Senator Burt Jones (R- Jackson)

Senator William Ligon Jr. (R- Brunswick)

Senator Josh McKoon (R- Columbus)

Senator Fran Millar (R- Dunwoody)

Senator Michael Williams (R- Cumming)

Representative Buzz Brockway (R- Lawrenceville)

Representative Kasey Carpenter (R- Dalton)

Representative John Carson (R- Marietta)

Representative David Casas (R- Lilburn)

Representative David Clark (R- Buford)

Representative Heath Clark (R- Warner Robins)

Representative Earl Ehrhart (R- Powder Springs)

Representative Barry Fleming (R- Harlem)

Representative Mike Glanton (D- Jonesboro)

Representative Rich Golick (R- Smyrna)

Representative Scott Hilton (R- Peachtree Corners)

Representative Jan Jones (R- Milton)

Representative Todd Jones (R- South Forsyth)

Representative David Knight (R- Griffin)

Representative Randy Nix (R- LaGrange)

Representative Ed Setzler (R- Acworth)

Representative Valencia Stovall (D- Forsyth Park)

Representative Sam Teasley (R- Marietta)

Representative Scot Turner (R- Holly Springs)

Honor Roll:

Senator Brandon Beach (R- Alpharetta)

Senator Matt Brass (R- Newnan)

Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R- Rome)

Senator Fran Millar (R- Dunwoody)

Senator Ben Watson (R- Savannah)

Representative Kasey Carpenter (R- Dalton)

Representative John Carson (R- Marietta)

Representative David Casas (R- Lilburn)

Representative Heath Clark (R- Warner Robins)

Representative Robert Dickey (R- Musella)

Representative Earl Ehrhart (R- Powder Springs)

Representative Mike Glanton (D- Jonesboro)

Representative Rich Golick (R- Smyrna)

Representative Scott Hilton (R- Peachtree Corners)

Representative Rick Jasperse (R- Jasper)

Representative Jan Jones (R- Milton)

Representative Todd Jones (R- South Forsyth)

Representative Randy Nix (R- LaGrange)

Representative Jay Powell (R- Camilla)

Representative Alan Powell (R- Hartwell)

Representative Ed Setzler (R- Acworth)

Representative Valencia Stovall (D- Forest Park)

Representative Sam Teasley (R- Marietta)

Representative Scot Turner (R- Holly Springs)

The 2018 Legislator Score Card on School Choice can be downloaded online at georgiaopportunity.org/education/school-choice.

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Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) is independent, non-partisan, and solutions-focused. Our team is dedicated to creating opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians. To achieve our mission, we research ways to help remove barriers to opportunity in each of these pathways, promote our solutions to policymakers and the public, and help effective and innovative social enterprises deliver results in their communities.

 


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