Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

Bill Update

25 Mar 2015 4:04 PM | Jeremy Peacock (Administrator)

Here is a pre-Sine Die update on some of the bills we are tracking.

Per our earlier report, SB 89 (digital textbook mandate amended down to a strong suggestion) was combined with HB 414 (the more reasonable of the two student data privacy bills) and was heard in the Academic Achievement Subcommittee of House Education yesterday.   The bill did not receive a vote, but will be looked at in greater detail by legislators in the interim before next legislative session.  We have pasted below a PDF of the bill in its most recent form. 

Additionally, Governor Deal's "Opportunity School District" legislation was voted out of the House Education Committee earlier this week.  The substitute version of the constitutional amendment and companion enabling legislation that cleared the committee are pasted below. This afternoon, the House passed the constitutional amendment enabling the OSD.  This will now return to the Senate to reconcile House changes.  This issue will be decided by Georgia voters in the next general election.

Finally, SR 80 (Senator Ligon's APUSH resolution, now watered down) and SB 132 (Move on When Ready) are set for a final hearing the House Education this afternoon.  SB 2 (joint enrollment) is sitting in rules awaiting assignment to the House floor for final passage. 

Thank you,

TJ Kaplan

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