Special Needs Scholarship Letter

WHITE COUNTY SCHOOLS SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
36 Warriors Path ~ Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone (706) 865-2315 ~ Fax (706) 865-5290


White County School System
136 Warriors Path
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706)-865-2315

 RE: Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

Dear Parents:

This letter serves as notice to parents of students who receive special education services in our school system of your options to exercise public and private school choice. In 2007 the Georgia State Legislature passed the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act entitling parents of students who receive special education to transfer their child to another public school or private school in Georgia.

Public School Choice Options
A parent can request a transfer to another public school within their school system as long as there is available space at that 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. Parents should notify the special education office at (706) 865-4227 by the end of June if this option is to be considered.  

The parent 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.

The parent 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 on whether or not that setting is appropriate for the students’ 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 visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/.

Sincerely,

MaryKay Berry
Director of Student Services