Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Blog Archive

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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The Latest on Opportunity School District

Posted October 5, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

The opposition to the Governor’s Opportunity School District is mounting but still has a long way to go.  This week a law suit was filed challenging the wording on the ballot—it does not take a rocket scientist to determine that the wording is not reflective of the intent or purpose of the amendment but is the end product of a political convenience.

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An Important Announcement from GASPRA

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

The Georgia Association of School Public Relations Administrators (GASPRA) maintains an active, valuable network for school public relations officers.  Earlier this week they sent an important announcement that may be applicable to many of you.  A number of school systems have contracted their custodial services in recent years.  Many schools call on their custodians to do routine maintenance tasks including pesticide applications. 

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A New Emphasis on Bullying--OCGA 20-2-751.4

Posted September 7, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Bullying has been a sore spot for every school administrator since Adam and Eve were in school.  It is most certainly a thorny issue that few of us feel that we under control.  State Law 20-2-751.4 puts bullying in a new light for school administrators.

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