Weekly Legislative Wrap-up 23 January 2011

Weekly Legislative Wrap-up 23 January 2011
by Otha Thornton on 1/24/2011

Week 1 -2011 Legislative Assembly

What has Georgia PTA done for You lately?

Short report this week

Week 2 – January 17-23 Administrative Notes

This weekly report will provide the most current education information available and will be

A powerful voice for all children,
A relevant resource for families and communities, and
A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.
The Assembly did not meet this week, so members of the Legislative Committee attended the Joint Appropriations Committee’s budget briefing, the State Board of Education meeting and Georgia Public Budget Institute Conference on the 2011 midyear and 2012 budgets. See summary report on the budget recommendations for this midyear FY11 budget and next year’s budget are on the Capitol Watch section of Georgia PTA’s website, http://www.georgiapta.org

Please share this information with all of your PTA officers, unit members, teachers, and school administrators. We welcome feedback and will be responsive to your comments and concerns.

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Information for Week

Our resolution was passed by the Georgia PTA Board of Directors this weekend to oppose the food tax Tax Council recommendations . For the second week I am enclosing again Prefiled legislation posted by Mrs. FitzGerald that deals with revenue funding for education and SPLOST .

Budget

Quality Basic Education programs are recommended for an austerity reduction of $60 million. Equalization is not to be cut at all, but pupil transportation will take an $8 million decrease in FY 12

Be aware that school nurses are recommended for a 10% cut higher than average for any agency. It will be just under 25 million for FY12.

High School Math

High School Math if scheduled for another adjustment. Beginning with students entering 9th grade in Fall 2011, it is recommended that local boards of education will decide if the current integrated math or the traditional Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence will be taught

Charter Schools

At the January 20th State Board of Education meeting, the board delayed the revocation of 3 charter schools renewals this month and has placed on agenda for the February meeting. The Board anticipates that a decision from the Supreme Court on commission charter schools will take place next month. This is not locked in stone, just projections. PTA supports charter schools that have been approved by the local school boards and encourage parents with children in charter schools to attend these meetings. We did not have many charter school parents at meeting. The one parent that was there that I spoke with stated that, “It was a very eye opening experience.” For the three charter schools that were up for revocation, there were no parental spokespersons present.

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Working Legislative Priorities

At the Joint Appropriations Committee this week, Dr. John Barge reviewed the FY 11 and 12 Budgets with the committee.

School Nurses was one of the major questions asked by one of the representatives during this session. We are continuing to see a decline in funding for nurses. For the FY 12 Budget, we will see a decline from 26 to 24 million dollars.

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Weekly Quote/Reading Recommendations

“Don’t put first rate energy into second rate things ”

The Outliers – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell – Exceptional book that addresses the components of success: cultural legacy, opportunity, and preparation

Otha Thornton

statelegislation@georgiapta.org

Georgia PTA Legislative Chairman

http://www.georgiapta.org

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