Legislative day 28, CROSSOVER. HB 163 Tim Tebow bill passed the Senate. This bill allows home school students to access public school extra curricular activities.  This bill has been introduced year after year and it has slowly gained some momentum.  SB 173 known as the ESA/Voucher legislation was lurking on the Senate “to be considered” calendar but was not pulled.  The Capitol “water cooler talk” was hot about the method the Senate would use to try and jam this through the legislative process.  It now appears the Senate will seek to find a House bill that has already passed/crossed over or use a number of related bills to add the pieces and parts of the voucher language.

Two bills that had expectations to crossover but did not were HB 32 and SB 209. HB 32 is the CTO bill that would have allowed the Governor to appoint the CTO position in consultation with the state school superintendent.  SB 209 would have eliminated the financial star rating which we know is flawed in reflecting all the factors that impact financial efficiencies in schools and school systems. These could be attached to other related legislation to bring them forward.  “Another we shall see” in the final 11 days.

In the link below is  a spreadsheet of “HOT” labeled bills that have crossed over. Above I covered some of the bills that crossed over that are not on this spreadsheet.  Michael Surma prepared the spreadsheet from his perch in Florida. Thank you Michael.

Crossover – Peliminary Report 

GSSA announcement: Mr. Skip Yow longtime educator and lobbyist for public education passed away this week.  He was a fixture and an icon down at the Capitol where he spent most of his waking hours in service to K-12 education in Georgia. Our condolences and appreciation for his service to Skip’s family and extended education family.

I want to encourage many of you who did reach out to your local legislative delegation on SB 173.  It truly made a difference in the current outcome and please do not get weary in your efforts.  It does make a difference.

Quote: Do not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. Saint Paul

Today is legislative day 29.  Sine Die is April 2, 2019.

Have a great weekend and remember to spring forward in setting your clocks this Saturday night.


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