ADVOCACY | LEADERSHIP | PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin (Early County) takes over as the GSSA President from outgoing president Dr. Mike Newton (Jasper County). Dr. Ragan-Martin will serve as the GSSA President until July of 2020.  Along with Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin, GSSA will have Dr. Steve Barker of Coweta County as President-Elect,  Dr. Robert Brown of Lumpkin County as Secretary-Treasurer, […]

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Eric Arena (Putnam County) and Michael Duncan (Pike County) joined AASA Governing Board Members Michele Taylor (Calhoun City) and Jason Branch (Oconee County) in Washington DC at the AASA Advocacy Conference July 8-9, 2019.

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Legislative day 40, was long and cumbersome.  Both chambers seemed to slow the pace down as the night lingered on and the legislative process was became very bumpy.  No more evident than with HB 322 a Georgia procurement registry bill dealing with the bid process that the House and Senate seemed to become very confused […]

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Legislative day 39, a day that lingered into the early evening. SB 68 which is the audit bill had several other bills attached to it. Including the Chief Turnaround Officer HB 32 which places supervision of the CTO under the state school superintendent instead of the state board of education.  There is also a bill attached […]

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Legislative day 38, saw a lot of chatter about the voucher bill and how it would reappear in various scenarios. After running down many of the rumors, they seemed to die on the political vine.  With two days left, i never say never but the voucher bill remains in rules probably not to return this […]

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Legislative day 37, where HB 83 known as the recess bill passed the Senate in its home stretch run to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  This bill is in my opinion an overreach into the scheduling of each elementary school in our state.  Its taken a few years to move through the legislative process but […]

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Legislative day 36, became a day of hurry up and wait. First up was the FY 20 budget that was tossed back and forth between the House and Senate with finally the agrees and disagrees forced a conference committee to be named.  They will finalize the budget details. SB 48 the Dyslexia screening pilot passed […]

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Legislative day 34, was a little bit of a hangover day from the Senate Education and Youth Committee passing the ESA/Voucher bill the previous day.  We continue to communicate with key legislators to hopefully maintain a vote advantage.  The bill was anticipated to be on  the floor of the Senate Friday but apparently that will […]

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Legislative day 33, was fairly routine.  Both chambers moved through their respective calendars up through the noon hour.  The House subcommittee and Senate Education and Youth full Committee held their afternoon meetings. The House Education subcommittee moved three bills forward.  SB 83 sponsored by Senator Jeff Mullis expands the teaching of Old and New Testament […]

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