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Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (Public/Private School Choice)

As the parent of a student who receives special education services in the Bulloch County School System, we want to inform you about your options to exercise public and private school choice.  Under state law passed by the Georgia State Legislature in 2007 (Senate Bill 10), parents of students who receive special education services, may choose to transfer their child to another public school or private school in Georgia.

To newly qualify for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year, a student must meet ALL of the following requirements: 

  • Student Eligibility Criteria 1- A student must have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 2- A student was enrolled and completed the 2018 – 2019 school year in a Georgia public school in grades Kindergarten through twelfth.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 3- A student was reported as attending a Georgia public school by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2018 and March 2019.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 4 - A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS Program. A student must have received special education services at some point during the 2018 – 2019 school year through an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2018 OR March 2019 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year.
Public School Choice Options

Option 1:  A parent/guardian can request a transfer to another public school within his/her school system as long as available space exists at the school, and the school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program.  If the parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to the school.

Option 2:  The parent/guardian may request a transfer to a school in another school system if there is available space, and the system and school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program.  A school system must agree to accept the student; however, if the parent chooses this option and the school system accepts the child, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to a school in that system.

Option 3:  The parent/guardian may also request a transfer to one of the state schools for the deaf and/or blind operated by the State Board of Education.  Acceptance into a state school will depend if that setting is appropriate for the student’s needs.  If the parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to the state school.  Please contact the Georgia Department of Education for more information about transferring to a state school.

Private School Choice Option

If you are interested in transferring your child to a private school in Georgia, you may be able to take advantage of a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship.  These scholarships provide funding that can be used to offset tuition costs at participating private schools in the state of Georgia. 

For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the parent application process, please contact the Georgia Department of Education at 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334; Telephone (404) 656-2800; Toll Free Telephone: (800) 311-3627 (GA); Fax: (404) 651-8737; or Email.

Questions & Notifications

If you have questions or concerns regarding these school choice/transfer options for students with special education needs, please contact Bulloch County Schools' Special Education Services and Support Department at 912.212.8580. 

The window for requesting school choice/transfer through this process is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:30 PM. No requests will be honored after May 17, 2019.   Requests for school choice must be submitted in writing.  You may send requests via email or US Mail to the contact information listed on this website. Approval or denial of request will be sent to your home via US Mail by July 1, 2019.

Key Contacts

Leslie Schlierf, Executive Director

Special Education Services

912.212.8581

 

Paula Jacobs, Assistant Director

Special Education Services

912.212.8586

 

Nicole Deal, Secretary

912.212.8580

912.212.8609 (fax)