ADVOCACY | LEADERSHIP | PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Today was the slowest day since our return to the Gold Dome as far as moving legislation.  As one who tracks the session each year, i am very happy with days like today.  There were no education bills on the calendar for today. There is a lot of speculation on how long the session will go and the more i see and hear about that subject -I am becoming convinced they will go to the 40th day.  If they do decide to do that, we will be monitoring a rare Saturday legislative day either this week or next.  I truly hope I am wrong about that….

The FY21 budget is now waiting to be voted upon by the entire Senate.  This seems to be what everyone is anticipating and hoping it will now pick up momentum and quickly move to the House for their consideration.  With all of the information being pushed out to superintendents, I know it is difficult to sort through it all and know what you are able to trust.  Keep in mind that everything you have received to date will change in the very near future.  The maps from DPH are NOT final.  The FY21 budget is NOT final yet. The GHSA guidance just changed earlier this week. (continues to loosen up) The Governor has provided new executive orders over the last few weeks which is also slowly opening things up in our state.  The GADOE/DPH guidance is certainly subject to change as we move into July.

One of the biggest hurdles in returning to school is transporting students by bus to school in a reasonably efficient manner. Under the current guidelines that is about impossible. GSSA will be holding a session via ZOOM for an open discussion on school reopening through Superintendent Conversations. Your fellow superintendents will be driving this conversation moderated by GSSA staff.  This will be held June 24-26, 2020, at 9am and 130pm each of the three days. Contact Keith Porter at klporter112@gmail.com or Josh Hooper at jhooper@gssaweb.com for further details.

One thing you can count on in this current environment ……THINGS WILL CHANGE.

Be back tomorrow with day 34.

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