Legislative day 29, THE DAY AFTER.  The bills that I have been receiving calls or texts questioning their status are HB 83, the recess bill. A prescriptive bill concerning recess.  Please read the bill and let your representatives know what you think of this legislation.  Again, I do not believe the legislature should be pushing down to the classroom level their directive for teachers to be sure they have avg. 30 mins of recess.  There are too many mitigating circumstances working with children every day to add a regulation for recess.  Contact your Senator to share your stance on this bill.

HB 444 is the Dual Enrollment bill that will pull back on serving 9th graders and only allow juniors and seniors in high school to attend a 4 year university/college for up to 30 hrs. of credit and no summer school under dual enrollment. Also under this bill’s language only 10th grade through 12th grade can attend a technical college.  Same restrictions as  four year institutions.  This will pare back the costs which is the purpose of this legislation.

The retirement bills:

HB 109 This TRS bill has remained in House Rules committee.  It has not moved at this time.

SB 175 Requiring employer and employee to pay TRS portions on 49% employees.   This has a financial impact on local districts and RESAs.  This bill will be heard on the floor of the House Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  If you have an opinion on this bill contact your representative.  It is anticipated that there will be some possible amendments offered on the floor of the House to exclude RESAs from this requirement.


SB 15 School Safety bill that could be streamlined by changing line 39 to align the threat assessment requirement with the 5 year facilities plan (instead of the 4 year requirement language currently on line 39) every school system in the state must complete and update in partnership with GADOE. The suggestion has been made.

The FY 20 budget is currently in Senate Appropriations and they have begun their review.  I expect some discussion of  HB 31 to begin in earnest next week.

Legislative day 30 is Monday, March 11, 2019.


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