June 23, 2020

Legislative Session
Day 37
Report Snapshot

PAGE Encourages Educators to Contact House & Senate Members to Minimize School Budget Cuts

Educator Evaluation Appeal Passes Senate Education Committee

House Judiciary Strips Bill Regarding Sexual Assault in Schools
Upcoming Schedule

Wednesday, June 24 – Legislative Day 38

Thursday, June 25 – Legislative Day 39

Friday, June 26 – Legislative Day 40 (Sine Die )
PAGE Encourages Educators to Contact House & Senate Members to Minimize School Budget Cuts

PAGE issued an advocacy alert about a proposed cut of approximately $992 million to Georgia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2021. The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to conclude this Friday, June 26. State lawmakers must make difficult decisions regarding the state budget and should consider revenue solutions to soften negative impacts on students. Review the PAGE alert and consider contacting your House and Senate member today.


-Margaret Ciccarelli
Educator Evaluation Appeal Passes Senate Education Committee

Highlights:

  • New evaluation appeals process for veteran teachers moves forward.

  • Enhanced financial reporting between local charters and districts approved.

  • Expedited IEP assessments for students in foster care passes.

The Senate Education and Youth Committee approved three bills at its final meeting of the 2020 legislative session today.

  • HB 86 by Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson), which would require school districts to create an evaluation appeals policy that allows teachers with four years or more of experience with summative evaluation ratings of unsatisfactory or ineffective to receive an evaluation review by an independent third party administrator or administrator designated by local administrators. Districts will have until July 1, 2021 to submit their appeals plans to GaDOE.

  • HB 755 by Rep. Dave Belton (R-Buckhead), which would require school districts to provide locally approved charter schools with annual allotment sheets itemizing state, local, and federal allocations for the upcoming school year.

  • HB 855 by Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville), which would allow for the immediate assessment of students who enter foster care to determine if they qualify for an individualized education plan (IEP). The students would continue to be required to qualify for IEPs to receive services, but the process would begin more quickly. Wiedower cited increased transiency rates for foster care students as the need for the bill.
-Josh Stephens
House Judiciary Strips Bill Regarding Sexual Assault in Schools

SB 40 , sponsored by Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) originally focused on sexual assault by adults volunteering in schools. It was changed dramatically by the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee this morning. The legislation no longer impacts schools and will be used as a vehicle to extend allowances for restaurant takeout alcoholic beverage sales during the pandemic. The new version of the bill, which now moves to the House Rules Committee, is not yet available online. 


-Margaret Ciccarelli

Claire Suggs
Senior Education Policy Analyst
csuggs@pageinc.org
Josh Stephens
Legislative Affairs Specialist
jstephens@pageinc.org
Margaret Ciccarelli
Director of Legislative Services
mciccarelli@pageinc.org