Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Blog Archive

College Campus Carry Bill, HB 280, Harder to Implement than it was to Pass

Posted May 25, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

One of the most debated and controversial bills of the 2017 General Assembly was HB 280, the bill which permits licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on college campuses with several exceptions.  The implementation of that bill is a classic example of the difference between legislation and rules that follow. 

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Some VERY Interesting Information

Posted May 3, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

One of the highlights of the GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference was the presentation by Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability located in the Chicago, IL area.  Interestingly, Martire got his start as an attorney with Troutman and Sanders in Atlanta.  He presented a tremendous amount of information that sheds light on the plight of public schools in the United States

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Legislative Session Comes Into Focus

Posted March 1, 2017 06:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Crossover Day is Friday, March 3, and that is the day that bills must exit their originating chamber to continue for this session.  Here are some of the things that are now clear:

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Posted February 9, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

A tremendous amount of work by GADOE staffers, system personnel, and state-wide educational leaders has gone into preparing a Georgia plan for ESSA.

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Tuition Tax Credit Goes to Georgia Supreme Court

Posted January 26, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Ty Tagami of the AJC reports that the a long-simmering lawsuit against the state’s tax credit scholarship program got a hearing in the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday. Under current law citizens may claim tax credit, not tax deduction, for contributions made to private school scholarship funds

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The 2017 General Assembly is Off and Running?

Posted January 17, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

The current issue of the Georgia General Assembly began its annual trek on Monday morning. While Monday was filled with largely ceremonial issues, Tuesday saw a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees. 

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2017 General Assembly Preview

Posted January 6, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Three political events will have a dramatic impact on the efficacy and success of the 2017 General Assembly.  The decisive defeat of Amendment 1, the Opportunity School District, will loom large over the Gold Dome

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An Idea Worthy of Consideration

Posted December 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

The State Board of Education adopted two new courses at its meeting on December 8 that certainly are worthy of your consideration.  The Board adopted standards for Technical College Readiness English and Technical College Readiness Mathematics.  The proposal for the courses came from Hall County and they will pilot the courses beginning in January 2017.

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And Now for the HARD Part

Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

By now you are very much aware that the Opportunity School District amendment failed with over 60% of Georgians telling Governor Deal NO to school take overs.  But now we must deal with a wounded elephant in Governor Deal. 

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OSD Poll Shows Amendment #1 Is In Trouble

Posted October 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

A recently released poll show 41% of Georgians OPPOSE the OSD amendment and 39% favor the amendment.  The undecided 20% will significantly impact the outcome for the amendment. 

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