At this point, I’m not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework. To view more about any particular bill, click on the links below.
If you have any input, PLEASE feel free to dialogue here. (I particularly would like more information on HB311 regarding FTE and school financing.)

Proposed Education Legislation for 2017-2018

HB273 — mandates that local school boards schedule at least 30 minutes of daily recess for students in kindergarten through grade 5

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 15 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to miscellaneous provisions under the “Quality Basic Education Act,” so as to provide for a daily recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Hearing: Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm in 415 CLOB


HB311 — makes change to the financing of schools and calculation of eligible “full time equivalent” (FTE) grants

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 4 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to financing of quality basic education, so as to revise certain provisions relating to calculation of equalization grants; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

See more information and context from the original Official Code of Georgia Code Section 20-2-165.


HB223 — requires high schools to offer an elective driver’s education course

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 10 of Chapter 21 of Title 15, Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20, and Chapter 5 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission, competencies and core curriculum for elementary and secondary education, and drivers’ licenses, respectively, so as to ensure teenage drivers are equipped for driving on public roads; to require public schools with grades nine through 12 to offer an elective driver education and training course; to change the minimum age for the issuance of certain licenses and permits; to amend provisions to conform with such minimum age change; to provide for related matters; to provide for effective dates and a contingent effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


HB24  — incentive pay for quality teachers in low-income schools

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 6 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to employment under the “Quality Basic Education Act,” so as to provide for a program of incentive pay for quality teachers in schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families; to provide for a legislative finding; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


HB338  — provides support for low-performing schools; creates Education Turnaround Council & Chief Turnaround Officer; provides for schools to be placed under governance of another school district or of a non-profit charter company if deemed low-performing.

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to education, so as to provide for system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools identified as in the greatest need of assistance; to provide for an Education Turnaround Advisory Council; to provide for the creation of the Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process; to revise provisions relating to contracts for strategic waivers school systems; to revise provisions relating to charters for charter systems; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


HB200  — allow students to carry and self-administer sunscreen while at school

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 3 of Article 16 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to student health, so as to require local boards of education to adopt policies authorizing students to carry and self-administer sunscreen; to provide for legislative findings; to define a term; to provide for limited liability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Hearing: Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm in 606 CLOB


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