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The Act creates a scholarship for students with disabilities who are dissatisfied with the services received in their resident public school. The amount of each scholarship depends on the special needs matrix, which currently dictates funding for public schools. Scholarships are transferrable and may be used at another public school within the resident system, a public school outside the resident system, a state school for the deaf or blind, or a private sectarian or non-sectarian school. To qualify for a scholarship, a student's parents must currently reside in Georgia and have been Georgia residents for at least one year. Furthermore, the student must have one or more of the listed disabilities. The student must also have attended a Georgia public school that implements the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), for one school year. Moreover, accepting a scholarship requires waiving rights available under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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