Recent Education Bills and How They Will Affect You.

If you are a parent or a concerned citizen, I’m sure you are always thinking about growth in the education system. It is vital that our state’s young population get all of the education opportunities needed to grow into productive adults.

In the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, my colleagues and I voted several bills into law that will help our young Georgia citizens to make even bigger strides. Read some highlights from this year’s session below.

House Bill 338- Additional help for Schools

House Bill 338 will go into effect on July 1st, 2017 in order to improve Georgia’s lowest performing public schools. This bill will:

-create an alternative support and assistance system that falls under the State Board of Education’s intervention power in the form of a turnaround school. This turnaround school will create a new level of governance to supervise schools that choose this alternative.

-allow the State Board of Education to remove local boards of education, to create a Joint Study Committee on the establishment of a State Accreditation Process, and to create a Joint Study Committee on the establishment of a leadership academy designed to help teachers and principals grow.

Learn more about this bill here.

House Bill 331- The Caregiver Educational Consent Act

The purpose of HB 331 is to allow a kinship caregiver to give legal consent for educational services, medical services related to academic enrollment, and curricular & extracurricular participation. This bill will create the Kinship Caregiver’s Affidavit which is a form that will be valid for one year and designates the caregiver as a school’s point of contact. This bill will not affect the rights of the child’s parents or legal guardian, but would make life much easier for kinship caregivers and the children they look after. HB 331 goes into effect on March 3, 2017.

Learn more about this bill here.

House Bill 237- Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation

House Bill 237 establishes the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation which allows for individuals, corporations, and communities to financially assist our state’s low-performing schools. This bill will make it possible for taxpayers to give private donations, so the fund can give grants to schools in need. HB 237 will go into effect on April 27, 2017.

Learn more about this bill here.

Thank you for reading. If you have any further questions about education in our state or about what I am doing to advance District 109, feel free to reach out to me!

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