ADVOCACY | LEADERSHIP | PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Legislative day 23 the talk continues on HB 301 the Education Savings Account bill also known as the voucher bill.  I hope you took some time to contact your local representative so you can weigh- in on the bill.  You communicating with your local Reps and Senators is key to the success of our desired outcome. […]

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Legislative day 22 was active amongst the education associations as we huddled up on HB 301 (voucher bill).  The message is clear that this bill will cost the local system in QBE allotment money as we shared with you.  There are other issues such as requiring a public school system to submit quarterly reports on behalf of […]

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Legislative day 21 saw some interesting developments from both the House and Senate.  SB 68 relating to audit tracking and categorizing school systems based on audit results along with training requirements for boards and superintendents.  This passed the Senate very easily.  Now it moves to the House for consideration. Legislation: New arrivals on the scene but […]

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Legislative Day 20 was fairly quick and both chambers packed up by lunch as the 2019, Amended Budget was discussed and versions passed in both chambers. So with minor changes, I anticipate this is completed and on the way to the Governor’s desk very soon. Today I will focus on this 2019, amended budget. HB […]

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Day 19 was lite on the legislative process side. The House Education Committee met today to hear HB 68 which prohibits any entity from becoming a SSO when it provides the education service of accreditation.  Reminder that SSO is STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP ORGANIZATION managing entity that collects corporate contributions that earn tax credits for that corporation then provides […]

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As I return to the Capitol from the AASA National Conference 2019, HB 301 a voucher bill has been dropped and had its first hearing in the Ways and Means subcommittee Public Policy and Finance this 17th day of the session. This bill is full of concerns: 1) Expands the special needs voucher 2) Introduces “a documented […]

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Day 13 was a little bit of a breather compared to the previous day.  There was some activity with SB 25 the bus safety bill that clarifies that vehicles should stop when a bus is stopped to load and unload students. A short debate on what defines a median that separates a road but was quickly addressed. […]

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Let’s start with the supplemental budget. The tracking sheet shows the Governor’s recommendations , House recommendations and now the senate is working through the document to add their fingerprints.  This is the typical process that allows each chamber to add, subtract, and adjust the categories and Senate Education Appropriations met today to ask questions about the […]

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On Sunday January 27th, Governor Kemp sat down with the GSSA Board of Directors and other Superintendents to discuss all of the issues that are impacting school systems through out the state. (Pictured left to right: Dr. Mike Newton – GSSA President, Governor Brian Kemp, Dr. John Zauner – Executive Director)

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