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1 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 1 “The School" and the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program October, 2010

2 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 2 Presentation Outline  HB 1133 ̶ History ̶ National Context  Redirecting Georgia Income Taxes to Provide “The School" Scholarships  GOAL Scholarship Program 2009 Results

3 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 3 History of HB 1133 Origins in the school choice movement: Emphasis on choice for low-income families Iowa Tuition Tax Credit Program – 1987 Cleveland and Milwaukee voucher programs – 1990 Arizona Tuition Tax Credit Program – 1997 Georgia Charter Schools Act – 1998 Proposed Early HOPE Scholarship Program of 2000 (vouchers for low-income families with children in failing public schools) – did not pass U.S. Supreme Court approves Cleveland School Choice Program – 2002 Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (SB 10 – 2007) Georgia Tuition Tax Credit Program (HB 1133 – 2008) Senator Eric Johnson introduces bill providing for universal public and private school choice – 2009 – did not pass GA HB 251 (2009) – allows parents to transfer children from one public school to another within assigned school system if space is available SB 361 (2010) – proposed by Senator Chip Rogers, this Early HOPE Scholarship would recast the GA Special Needs Scholarship Program and expand scholarship eligibility to children from military families, foster families, and children with disabilities

4 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 4 Tuition Tax Credit Laws & Programs Exist in Eight States StateYearTaxpayer Participants Iowa1987Individuals Arizona1997Individual & Corporate Minnesota1998Individual Illinois1999Individual Florida2000Corporate Pennsylvania2001Corporate Georgia2008Individual & Corporate Indiana2009Individual & Corporate

5 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 5 Redirecting Georgia Income Taxes to Provide “The School" Scholarships

6 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 6 You have a choice HB 1133 is a 2008 Georgia law that grants an income tax credit to individuals and corporations who contribute to qualified student scholarship organizations (SSOs) such as the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program (GOAL) The passage of HB 1133 was an incredible victory for the school choice movement and your participation in the program is critical to make this victory a meaningful one Pay income taxes to the state of Georgia Provide scholarships to public school and Pre-K4 & kindergarten students to attend “The School" OR

7 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 7 HB 1133 Requirements Individual and corporate taxpayers receive Georgia income tax credit for contributions to qualified Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) Individuals are limited to $1,000 (single); $1,250 (married filing separately); $2,500 (married filing jointly) C-Corporations can contribute and receive a tax credit for up to 75% of their Georgia income tax liability S-Corporation shareholders, LLC members and Partnership partners are subject to individual contribution limits Contributions are also eligible for federal charitable income tax deduction Scholarships may only be awarded to “eligible” students – Students must be enrolled in Georgia public school or eligible to enter PreK-4 or Kindergarten – No limitation on household income of scholarship recipient families – No limit on amount of scholarship per recipient – Multiple year scholarships may be awarded

8 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 8 How to redirect your Georgia income taxes in the simplest, fastest way

9 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 9 A simple two-step process for taxpayers 1.Contribute to GOAL: Send the following items to “The School": – A complete and notarized* GOAL Contribution & Authorization Form – A blank copy of page 2 of the Form IT-QEE-TP1 pre-approval form, signed by you at Part C – A check made payable to “Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program” in the amount of your contribution “The School" school officials and GOAL Scholarship Program officials will manage the paperwork and approval process as follows: – Fill out your IT-QEE-TP1 Form using your GOAL Form information – School – Fax or your TP1 Form to the DOR for pre-approval – School – Receive approval from the DOR by return Fax or return – School – Send your check and approved TP1 Form to GOAL – School – Process your contribution check when DOR approval is received – GOAL – Send you a Form IT-QEE-SSO1 acknowledging your contribution – GOAL 2.Claim the Credit: – File your Georgia income tax return and take the credit (GOAL will send tax filing instructions early in 2011 to assist you) *Please note: If you are not able to get your GOAL Contribution & Authorization Form notarized, you will receive your approved Form IT-QEE-TP1 directly from the Georgia DOR in the mail. You must send this form to GOAL within 30 days of approval.

10 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 10 A simple two-step process for taxpayers 1.Contribute to GOAL: Send the following items to “The School": – A complete and notarized* GOAL Contribution & Authorization Form – A blank copy of page 2 of the Form IT-QEE-TP1 pre-approval form, signed by you at Part C – A check made payable to “Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program” in the amount of your contribution GOAL will manage the paperwork and approval process as follows: – Fill out your IT-QEE-TP1 Form using your GOAL Form information – Fax or your TP1 Form to the DOR for pre-approval – Receive approval from the DOR by return Fax or return – Send your check and approved TP1 Form to GOAL – Process your contribution check when DOR approval is received – Send you a Form IT-QEE-SSO1 acknowledging your contribution 2.Claim the Credit: – File your Georgia income tax return and take the credit (GOAL will send tax filing instructions early in 2011 to assist you) *Please note: If you are not able to get your GOAL Contribution & Authorization Form notarized, you will receive your approved Form IT-QEE-TP1 directly from the Georgia DOR in the mail. You must send this form to GOAL within 30 days of approval.

11 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 11 How are the contributions obligated? HB 1133 requires that at least 90% of designated contributions be obligated for scholarships at “The School" GOAL uses the designated funds and investment earnings on those funds to provide scholarships to applicants recommended by “The School" “The School" officials recommend potential scholarship recipients and the amount of the GOAL Scholarships they will receive

12 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 12 GOAL Contribution Results

13 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 13 Georgia Education Expense Credit Contribution Results  2008 Contributions:  State-wide: – Approx. 3,700 contributors:$6.2 million GOAL Scholarship Program: – 1181 individual contributors:$ 2,353,209 – 13 corporate contributors:$ 1,194,200 – Total $ 3,547,409  2009 Contributions:  State-wide (estimated): – Approx. 11,000 contributors:$25.4 million GOAL Scholarship Program: – 3,755 individual contributors:$ 7,112,840 – 45 corporate contributors:$ 3,496,460 – Total $ 10,609,300

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15 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 15 GOAL Scholarship Program 2009 Contributions by Quarter

16 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 16 GOAL Scholarship Program Source of 2009 Contributions

17 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 17 GOAL Scholarship Results

18 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 18 GOAL Scholarship Award Results  Scholarships Awarded: 77 at 9 GOAL Schools  Scholarships Awarded: 639 at 56 GOAL Schools – Average Amount of Award: $4,697 – Average AGI of Recipient Family: $44,633 – Median AGI of Recipient Family: $38,927 – Total scholarship awards disbursed:$ 2.7 million

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21 Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. 21 Middle Georgia Brentwood School Brookstone School Bulloch Academy Calvary Christian School Covenant Academy David Emanuel Academy First Presbyterian Day School Flint River Academy Gatewood Schools John Hancock Academy John Milledge Academy LaGrange Academy Montessori of Macon Nathanael Greene Academy Providence Christian School Redeemer Episcopal Academy Southland Academy St. George’s Episcopal School Stratford Academy Tattnall Square Academy Trinity Christian School The Westfield School Windsor Academy Woodfield Academy Greater Atlanta Area Arlington Christian School Atlanta Classical Christian Academy Atlanta Youth Academy Brandon Hall School Bridgeway Christian Academy Cherokee Christian Schools Chrysalis Experiential Academy The Cottage School Cumberland Academy of Georgia Destiny Christian Academy Eagles Landing Christian Academy Eastminster School Fellowship Christian School Furtah Preparatory School Greater Atlanta Christian School Greenforest/McCalep Christian Academic Center Harvester Christian Academy Holy Spirit Preparatory School Hope Schools of Excellence The Howard School Killian Hill Christian School Landmark Christian School Legacy Christian Academy The Lionheart School Loganville Christian Academy Marist School Mill Springs Academy Mount Paran Christian School Mount Pisgah Christian School Mt. Bethel Christian Academy New Birth Christian Academy New Day Gables Academy Notre Dame Academy Old Suwanee Christian School North Georgia Athens Christian School Augusta Christian Schools Augusta Preparatory Day School Berry College Elementary & Middle School Curtis Baptist School Darlington School Episcopal Day School Heritage Academy Lakeview Academy Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School Mountain Area Christian Academy Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Ridge Creek School Riverside Military Academy Tallulah Falls School Unity Christian School Westminster Christian Academy Westminster Schools of Augusta Wildwood Christian Academy Peachtree Academy Private School Perimeter School Pinecrest Academy Providence Christian Academy The Ron Clark Academy Sophia Academy Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Strong Rock Christian School Sugar Hill Christian Academy The Swift School Wesleyan School Whitefield Academy Woodward Academy South Georgia Benedictine Military School Bethesda Home for Boys Brookwood School Calvary Day School Deerfield-Windsor School Favor Christian Academy First Presbyterian Christian Academy Grace Christian Academy Paul Anderson Youth Home Randolph Southern School Robert Toombs Christian Academy Sherwood Christian Academy St. Andrew’s School Terrell Academy Tiftarea Academy Valwood School Westwood Schools GOAL Participating Schools

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