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Released Time Laws and Guidelines for the state of Georgia

Georgia Released Time Education Contacts:

Habersham Christian Learning Center
P. O. Box 427, Cornelia 30531
Director: Amy Walker
Email: Email:
Phone: (706) 778-5483

Gilmer Christian Learning Center
183 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay 30540
Director: Travis Crouch
Phone: (706) 635-7100

Core Foundations
PO Box 870023 Stone Mountain, GA 30047
Director: Everett Bracken
Phone: (770) 316-4679

Gwinnett ˜ Gwinett Christian Learning Center

Cleveland - Catalyst Christian Learning Center
P.O. Box 1627 Cleveland, GA 30528
Director: Natalie Ford
Phone: 706-865-0954 Ex 110

STATUTES: Georgia Code Annotated

Georgia's compulsory attendance statute [�?�¯�?�¿�?�½32-2104.1(a)] requires that all children, ages 7-15 (inclusive), must attend public school, private school, or a home study program.

A child must be excused from attendance in public school by county or independent school system boards "in accordance with general policies and regulations promulgated by the State Board of Education" [�?�¯�?�¿�?�½32-2106(a)]. Under this statute a child may possibly obtain permission to be excused from public school in order to receive religious instruction.


CASES: No Cases Reported



Like your state, many do not have specific laws or guidelines concerning Released Time. The absence of a specific law does not necessarily prohibit Released Time programs. In fact, it may allow a wider range of Released Time programs. For example, it is possible to offer Released Time classes as an off-campus elective class on the High School or Junior High level, which students take daily. This is being done in states such as Georgia, Florida, Utah, Arizona, and Idaho.

The particular challenge in your state is that in the absence of a specific statute, you will need to conduct research into the legal background of Released Time at the federal level (FCRTM can help!), and how decisions are made within your school system. The majority of school districts would require approval at the school board level, but many are moving to "site-based management,' which would perhaps allow individual school principals to approve a Released Time program. Once your research is complete, you will need to approach the appropriate decision-maker(s) with a proposal for a Released Time class.

Even with the Supreme Court decision of 1952 (Zorach vs. Clauson), we must remember that approval for a Released Time program is a privilege, not a right. School principals and school boards may accommodate a Released time program, but they are not required to do so. Experience teaches us that a carefully crafted approach, coupled with a positive relationship with school officials will usually open the doors for a Released Time program.

Information provided by:

The Fellowship of Christian Released Time Ministries

5722 Lime Ave. ˜ Long Beach, CA 90805

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