The General Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a groundbreaking bill on school choice that eventually would provide scholarships for children to attend private schools.
The Senate voted 32-20 for House Bill 1133, largely on party lines, to send it to Gov. Sonny Perdue for consideration.
If Perdue signs the bill into law, private citizens and corporations could get income tax credits for donating money to nonprofit scholarship organizations. Those organizations would provide scholarships to parents who want to pull their children out of public schools and send them to private ones.
The House, meanwhile, sent the other major school-choice bill back to committee. Senate Bill 458, which would give taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools to students who attend failing public schools, was to have come up for final consideration Tuesday.
The primary sponsor of the Senate bill, President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), led the support for the scholarship bill Tuesday. Johnson said he was not sure why the House shuffled his bill back to committee.
Both the House and Senate should be commended for supporting the tuition tax credit law, but the House should really go the next step and prove their free market bona fides by supporting the school choice proposal. Allow parents to decide where to send their kids and give them the opportunity to do so.