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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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