The end of this session could not come soon enough.  It ended at 10pm but the impact will be measured throughout the 20-21 school year.  At first glance, the FY21 budget which started at a dismal projection only improved as time moved forward and all three players the House, Senate, and Governor really worked together to come up with a FY21 budget that reduced the original cut from 14%, 11%, to a final 10%. I understand that a preliminary allotment sheet was sent out to school districts by GADOE with a possible calculation error. Although, I have not put my eyes on the document but I have talked with some superintendents and CFOs about the document and the difference in numbers on the spreadsheet versus the numbers from Office of Budget and Planning are very different.  The difference/error appears to be an omission of including the equalization number for each school system in the DOE calculation.  That’s just what i found in my discussions with several districts who were concerned that the 10% cut had more than doubled in some calculations on the doc. If that error is not on your allotment, count yourself lucky. Just wanted to let you know that you do not need to panic over the difference in the bottom line numbers.  Let me know if i can help.  FY21 Budget Tracking Sheet Education is on pages. 69-73.

Key education bills that passed through the legislative process on the last day:

HB. 32  Moves CTO to GADOE.  The supportive funding had already made the move.

HB. 86  Teacher evaluation bill that allows for appeals of summative evaluation.

SB 68   Financial governance addressed for local boards

HB 464  Public comments at a local board of education meeting.

HB. 855 Assessing foster children to determine any negative impact of trauma.

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

The last day had limited education legislation.  The main event was the budget and as you receive updated allotment sheets from GADOE review the numbers and check the calculations carefully.  My read on the final budget is it should be a better picture overall than originally expected.  I know the impact of the “better” budget will have varying degrees of effect on your local budgets.  I will provide a detailed review in future Friday News.

Overall, I will call this session of the legislature reasonably decent under the state’s shortfall of revenue. I do believe the Governor, House, and the Senate worked well together on this budget and it is certainly reflected in the final numbers.

GSSA News: GSSA held five ZOOM superintendent conversations last week hosted by Keith Porter and Josh Hooper of GSSA. Some valuable information shared on the topic of Reopening School this fall. I want to thank many of you who participated and provided your perspective and plans on preparing to begin schooling in the fall. I was able to listen in from the Capitol on one of the conversations and it truly displayed the high quality leadership we have in Georgia at the superintendent level. Your conversations were recorded by note taking and the key points in the conversations have been compiled and will be shared with our membership. We are closing out the series with a communications plan discussion on Monday June 29, 2020, at 9am. Caissa will also be on the call to share key points from their nationally recognized team. Contact JOSH HOOPER at JHOOPERr@GSSAWEB.COM OR KEITH PORTER AT KLPORTER112@GMAIL.COM FOR THE ZOOM LINK and join in Monday. There is no cost!

GSSA ANNOUNCEMENT: Mr. Michael Surma former/retired superintendent of Henry County and most recently worked as the legislative liaison with GSSA passed away Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack. Michael was a special man to me and GSSA. We will miss him much.  MaryGrace (Michael’s widow) advised me that she was not going to have a service due to our current health environment.  I will keep all updated if anything changes.

Happy July 4th!

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