The AJC has also written about this law, noting that the Georgia Legislature has enshrouded this questionable program in so much secrecy that it is near impossible for taxpayers to see where the money is going.
An investigative piece last year by AJC reporters James Salzer and Nancy Badertscher raised questions about the weak public accountability imposed on the program, which was created by the Legislature in 2008. (The bill was part of the general heave-ho given to public education that year.)
Last year, the Legislature made changes this year to the law that make it a crime for state officials to release key information about the program. In contrast, other states with similar laws have strict public accountability rules including Florida.
Because of the lax language and virtual absence of oversight, a