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Day 9: Ed Bills Likely to Be Heard in Committee: Capital Outlay, Alternative Schools, Panic Buttons

Slow day in House and Senate – Education Legislation to Watch

Neither the House nor the Senate voted on legislation Monday, Jan. 30, and both bodies adjourned quickly. Though no bills were considered in chambers, education-related legislation continues to be filed and assigned to committee. Several such bills are sponsored or co-sponsored by Education Committee leaders, and are thus likely to be heard in committee, including:

  • HB 81, by Rep. John Corbett (R-Lake Park), revises eligibility criteria and prioritization of local school districts for low-wealth capital outlay grants. House Education Chair Rep. Chris Erwin (R-Homer) is the second named sponsor.

  • HB 87, also by Rep. Erwin, revises funding for and governance of special charter high schools organized for the purposes of dropout and credit recovery

  • SB 32, “Alyssa’s Law,” sponsored by former Senate Education & Youth Vice Chair Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R-Dallas), requiring school districts to implement local mobile panic alert systems capable of connecting disparate emergency services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between multiple state and local first responder agencies in the event of a school security emergency.

Register now for PAGE Day on Capitol Hill

PAGE Day on Capitol Hill, in conjunction with the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), and the Georgia Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (GACTE), is coming up soon. Please register now to join us Tuesday, Feb. 21, for this free event. You will learn more about pending education legislation and advocate for educators, students, and public education.

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Legislative Day 10

  • Joint Retirement Committee Meeting – 2 p.m. – 606 CLOB

  • Joint Senate Education & Youth and Higher Education Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 406 CLOB

Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Legislative Day 11

  • Joint Senate Education & Youth and Higher Education Meeting – 2 p.m. – 307 CLOB

Thursday, Feb. 2 – Legislative Day 12


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