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Day 38, was a long and arduous day.  SB 47 the voucher expansion legislation passed the House floor by a 91-71. This adds Section 504 students for eligibility for this expanded version of the special needs voucher. The representatives supporting the bill went to the chamber well with emotional laced testimony as their go to […]

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FY22 Budget HB 81 passes the Senate. The House and Senate have appointed their conferees to hammer out their -what appears to be -minor differences.   It should be make an appearance in a final version by tomorrow. Bills on the move and/or getting attention: SB 59  – A charter school bill that attempted to […]

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Well, day 36 proved to be the day that SB 47 Special Needs Expansion voucher was voted out of the House Ed Committee. (11-5) Ironically, it will be carried by Rep. Will Wade on the House floor.  There was substitute to  SB 47 and some of the language was changed to narrow the focus of the […]

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The Emanuel County School System Board of Education has contracted the Georgia School Boards Association to assist with their search for their next superintendent of schools.   Application Deadline: Sunday, April 4th, 2021 – 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.  Please see the vacancy announcement for more information. Please work on your application prior to the closing date. After you “submit” your […]

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With five legislative days remaining, the activity has picked up slightly with slow but steady floor voting in both chambers. Just not much concerning K-12 public education. Both the House and Senate adjourned the last two days by noon.  There seems to be some tension between the chambers as evidenced by the slow down in […]

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Interestingly, the pace of the session remains slow.  The House Education Committee heard two bills late Tuesday afternoon: SB 159 – The alternate transportation bill allowing local districts to opt in and provide transportation in a vehicle with 8 persons or less but must be clearly marked as a school district transport vehicle. One change […]

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Legislative Days 30 and 31 were relatively quiet and routine.  The House Education Committee met and moved several Senate bills forward. SB 88 – One of two of Governor Kemp’s teacher pipeline bills was unanimously voted through. SB 106 – Before expelling or suspending pre-k through 3rd grade students for more than 5 days local districts […]

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Day 26 was a tough day for K-12 education.  The expanded special needs voucher SB 47 was passed on the Senate floor 30-23.  We lost some votes at the 11th hour due to a political push by Senate leadership.  The Senate Whip Steve Gooch sponsored the bill and all of the Senate leadership supported the bill.  […]

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As of Friday (day 24) ended,  SB 153 was given new life and direction as legislators agreed to negotiate with the GOAL Academies on the funding level.  Education Policy Chief Mike Dudgeon from the Lt. Governor’s Office who is the author of the bill was the lead on the renegotiations.  (this is how the legislative process should […]

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