Complaint filed over tax credit scholarship program

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ATLANTA —

A group keeping tabs on a Georgia student scholarship program claims there is widespread abuse of the program, costing the state millions in taxpayer dollars.
           
The Southern Education Foundation is filing a complaint Monday with the state Department of Revenue, calling for an investigation into the matter.
           
Channel 2 Action News has followed the Georgia tax credit scholarship program for several months. It gives tax credits to people and corporations who donate money to a fund that offsets private school tuition.
           
Creators of the program said it was designed to help impoverished students get out of struggling public schools, but officials with SEF claim parents and schools are breaking the law by donating money to the fund, and setting it aside for scholarships for the students of their choice.