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 not happen. So, we turn our sights to next week to remain on alert. I know some of you will be on spring break next week so all I would ask is that you remain in contact with our alerts and respond if you are able. Thank you.
Big pieces of the Senate’s rendition:
$436 million for certified employees $3000 raise begins Sept. 1, 2109.
$2.3 Dual enrollment
$5.3 million for charter facilities grants
$1 million for additional counselors for Title 1 schools
$826,000 for RESAs to reduce austerity (overlooked)
The House Education Committee had an attachment fiesta during their meeting today.
SB 83 Expands the choice to teach Old and New Testament ERA history etc. REACH a scholarship program aimed at identifying and providing post secondary financial grant for students around our state was attached and passed out of the committee.
SB 68 addresses local school district financial governance and the issue of audit results. HB 32 the Governor’s version of the CTO moving to GADOE’s School Improvement Division and the state School Superintendent gets what he has been requesting since the inception of this redundant school improvement model was introduced two years ago. HB 86 requires school systems to have a complaint policy for teachers receiving their fourth or beyond consecutive contract which allows for an appeal of their performance evaluation to an independent third party. This passed out as well.
SB 48 the much better Dyslexia bill that is now a pilot scheduled to begin 20-21. It is a three year pilot after which if the evaluation of the pilot is positive the expansion will roll out 24-25. The screening of K-3 students for reading issues. The purpose is to identify and support youngsters with Dyslexia. Passed out of committee.
SB 60 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act sailed through with little discussion. Passed.
Legislative Day 35 is Friday, March 22, 2019.
Have a good weekend!