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HB 0706 - Elementary and secondary education; delete and clarify provisions

Tracking Level: Hot
Sponsor: Dudgeon,Mike 24th
Last Action: 4/19/2012 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: Ed
Senate Committee: ED&Y
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

            This bill would amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. to delete obsolete, unused and unnecessary provisions; to clarify eligibility for enrollment; to eliminate a deadline for annual performance evaluations; to clarify the legal status of RESA’s; to shift home school registration and reporting to the DOE; and to provide conformity of several provisions:

  1. It would allow the SBOE to meet at a place of its choosing and for any actions taken at a meeting, regardless of location, to be in force and effect;
  2. It would remove the chair’s authority to require staff to provide information and perform functions for the Board;
  3. It would prescribe an oath of office for all local superintendents (females, too);
  4. It would add other countries to other states as residencies that would count toward initial enrollment in Georgia public schools at the grade level achieved in the former residence.
  5. It would remove any deadline for educator annual evaluations (formerly April 1);
  6. It would restore to the State Superintendent the authority to organize the DOE and prescribe the functions of each entity within the DOE;
  7. It would give RESA’s the status of local units of administration;
  8. It would remove the authority of the SBOE to regulate contracts over $100.00  and over $100,000 on behalf of students to give preference to Georgia products, and would remove the stipulation that contracts over $100,000 could not be split to avoid the regulation;
  9. It would transfer the responsibility of local systems to register and monitor home school programs to the DOE.
  10. It would repeal a number of other statutes in Title 20, most of which are outdated or reference programs that have never been implemented or funded.


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