Today there was a lot of work being done in the halls of the Capitol trying to get ready for the flurry of activity that will sure be on display the final two days. The three bills discussed yesterday that passed out of the Senate Education Committee will be taken to the floor of the Senate tomorrow day 39.  They are:

HB 86 The teacher evaluation bill that permits a review and appeals of an individual teachers evaluation.

HB 755 Requires local districts to provide an allotment sheet to their local charter schools.

HB 855 Foster children to be evaluated to check for impact of possible trauma.

If you wish to weigh-in with your local Senator on any of the above bills you will need to do so tomorrow morning. GSSA has been working to change some of the language in HB 86 and throwing serious shade on HB 755. Both will likely pass.

There remains no official word on the FY21 budget today. Although their was some definite scurrying around the Governor’s office most of the day with both chairman of the appropriations committees from the House and Senate respectively, I would expect some announcement on the FY21 budget tomorrow.

The swirling rumors about the Hope Scholarship were mainly inaccurate at worst and misunderstood at best. There is an effort to pass a casino bill (SR 841) that will tie the proceeds to a separate Hope grant for families earning up to $58,000 annually. This bill requires  2/3 of the House to move. (difficult task)  It is not intended to eliminate the current Hope scholarship you are familiar with that uses GPA as the primary driver to earn the Hope dollars.  There is another bill on the House side HB 903 that is attempting to permit sports betting in Georgia and those proceeds would be placed into the current Hope Scholarship through the Lottery that is very familiar to us all. Not sure any of the two bills will move forward but we will see how this plays out.  There are a lot of anxious legislators trying to press their pet bills across the finish line which is setting up for a somewhat tense final two days.

SB 367 known as the Assessment bill that the Governor and GADOE gathered input from all over the state to develop passed the House and now must return to the Senate to agree or disagree before it can move to the Governor for his signature.  The following are highlights of this bill:

-This bill reduces the number of tests by five.

-Testing moved to the last 25 days of the school year.

-Requires the DOE to publish a comparative report to other states.

Tomorrow is day 39.  Report forthcoming. Have a good night!

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