On day 23, Tuesday, February 20, the pace of committee meetings and passing of bills out of both House and Senate education committees has exponentially ramped up.

Here are a portion of the many bills heard in each committee on day 23:

House Education Policy Subcommittee:

HB 1122– Rep. Scott Hilton – Change the Charter School funding to reflect dollars for a superintendent, principal, secretary, and accountant. This bill passed and is moving to the Full House Committee. Fiscal Note was requested.

HB 1221 – Rep. Tyler Paul Smith – SBOE will promulgate rules to guide student transfers between school systems.  There are some restrictions for the receiving systems. QBE funds would follow the student to the receiving system.  Tuition was much more confusing as the bill suggested the sending system would be responsible for half of the tuition.  This passed with some concerns about the language and many on the committee would like some clarity.

House Ed Curriculum Subcommittee:

HB 1027   – Rep. Bethany Ballard – Establishes Computer Science as one unit graduation requirement for HS students. Permits virtual instruction.  This applies to all diplomas currently offered. (this was an amendment to the bill by Chairman Dubnik. Passed and moves to Full House Committee.

HB 822 – Rep. Casey Carpenter – Sex Education and HIV prevention must be age-appropriate and medically accurate. It passed the subcommittee and moves to the full committee.

Senate and Youth Education Committee:

SB 147 – Sen. Shawn Still –  The language has been removed for Equalization dollars o be accessed for any purpose as a child moves from district to district. The bill passed 5-4 along party lines.

SB 459–  Sen. Clint Dixon – Civics bill for GADOE to establish language to align with the authors intent of building a “upright citizenry”. Passed along party lines 5-4.

SB 492 – Sen. Ricky Williams – Transportation – Stop on the side of the doors of the bus only. Referred to study committee.

SB 365 –  Sen. Dolezal – The parent is notified by email when their student checks out a library book/materials. Passed 5-4 along party lines.

Day 24 – Saw no significant education legislation move from either chamber. Have a good night!

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