State Board of Education Meeting Report - July Meeting


The State Board of Education (SBOE) welcomed the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year, PAGE member Michael Kobito (pictured), an AP Music Theory teacher and high school band director at Woodland High School in Bartow County, at its July meeting. Kobito will serve as a non-voting member of the board. Tylan Bailey, a physical education teacher at Briar Vista Elementary School in DeKalb County, shared an inspirational account of his journey to becoming a teacher after working 23 years as a head custodian at an elementary school. The board approved to post for public comment a rule that provides for timely and effective referral of students in grades K-3 who have characteristics of dyslexia. The board also approved a rule allowing alternative vehicles to transport students to and from school. The board’s Committee of the Whole July 21 meeting agenda is available HERE. The next SBOE meetings are scheduled for August 24 and 25.

Opportunity for Educator Input on Dyslexia Rule The board approved to post a rule that provides for timely and effective referral of students in grades K-3 who have characteristics of dyslexia. The rule is required by SB 48, which passed in 2019, and was refined by the Dyslexia Rule Review Committee facilitated by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). A presentation by Stephen Pruitt, president of SREB, on the committee's work is available HERE. To submit a comment on the rule, click HERE.

Alternative Student Transport Vehicles SB 159, which passed during the 2021 legislative session, expanded the definition of vehicles that can be used to transport students. The SBOE approved a group of rules implementing SB 159 after several delays due to board member disagreement. The rules can be reviewed at the following links: 160-5-3-.02 Contracted Transportation Services; 160-5-3-.17 Use of Alternative Vehicles for the Transport of Specified Student Groups.