HB 181: State board of education to waive prior year in Georgia school as requirement for special needs scholarship. The bill has been amended so that the funding formula for the voucher reflects th deduction of the five mill share and austerity cuts so a student going to a private school would not be granted a voucher at a higher rate than a child going to the public school.  Status: Passed the House on Monday (3/14).  This week the bill was given a Do Pass recommendation by the Senate School Choice Subcommittee, and now rests in the full Senate Education and Youth Committee.

HR 192: Creating the Joint Higher Education Finance Study Committee to Evaluate Higher Education Funding Formula.  The bill was amended so that 27 member committee was reduced to 20 with the loss of some legislators and business people, as well as all parents.  Status:  Passed the House and was given a Do Pass recommendation by the Senate School Choice Subcommittee, and now rests in the full Senate Education and Youth Committee.

The Vision for Public Education, a joint venture of GA School Board Association and GA School Superintendents Association, was presented to the House and Senate Education Committees this week.  The project lays out guiding principles, short and long range steps for Public Education in Georgia, covering everything from Early Education and K-12 to funding and implementation goals.

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