Georgia PTA Legislative Update - 2/3/2014
by Georgia PTA on 2/3/2014

 

During the legislative week of January 27-31, the major discussion was changes to the State Health Benefit Plan, this will lower the out-of-pocket health care cost for teachers and state employees. The cost of these changes will be absorbed by the plan's reserve. The total estimated cost is approximately $116 million for 12 months.

On Legislative Day 10, the EmpowerEd Georgia presented its "Stop Putting Our Schools on Shoestring Budgets" campaign to legislators, the mission was to draw attention to the impact of years of funding cuts to the students in public schools. The Governor responded favorably to both grassroots led efforts!

The rest of the week was cut short due to bad weather conditions. There were no education bills read during the house and senate sessions. Also, all education committee meetings were canceled, so HR 486 establishing additional independent school systems, and HR 689 urging school districts to implement renewable energy systems was not heard.  

The House and Senate reconvened on Legislative Day 14. The House passed SB 297 which clarifies the reporting required by candidates and office holders, including school board members. There were no education related bills on the Senate calendar.

The House Education Subcommittee on Academic innovation heard two education related bills:

HB 405, which establishes training requirements for charter petitioners and members of charter school governance boards. An amendment removed the provision prohibiting authorizing entities, charter management organizations, and the Charter Commission from delivering governance training to boards under theirsupervision. This bill was given a do pass.

HB 717 establishes a system of measuring and evaluating parental involvement in schools. This bill was tabled. 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, February 3:

The General Assembly will be in session for Day 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
2:00 House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, 341 Capitol. To hear the FY 15 budget proposal from the Department of Education.

Tuesday, February 4:

1:00 House Education Academic Support Subcommittee, 515 CLOB. To hear HR 486 creating new municipal school systems and HR 689 urging school districts to implement renewable energy systems.

2:00 House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, 341 Capitol. To hear the FY 15 budget proposal from other state education agencies.

Wednesday, February 5:

1:00 House Education Academic Achievement and Curriculum Subcommittee, 515 CLOB. To hear HB 766 the Work Based Learning Act and HR 1109 and HB 802 allowing school districts to use part of SPLOST funds for listed educational programs and materials.