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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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