Education Issues in the 2014 Session

A regular feature of the Georgia Partnership’s annual Media Symposium is a panel discussion featuring legislators and others who can provide expert analysis of the upcoming session.  Here, State Sen. Lindsey Tippins (left), Chair, Senate Education and Youth Committee, Rep. Brooks Coleman (center), Chair, House Education Committee, and Kelly McCutchen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Public Policy Foundation discuss what’s ahead. 

Stay tuned for 2014 legislative education information and news as it becomes available.

To start, here's an open letter written by a Georgia teacher addressed to legislators:

Letter to Georgia Legislature: Help teachers help students and everyone wins
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog
The 2014 General Assembly has concluded.  Reread this letter written at the start of the session and see if you think legislators were listening.

Continuing coverage - March 31

The best and worst of bills in this year's General Assembly
Marietta Daily Journal

Week 10 (March 24 - The 2014 Georgia Legislature is closed.)

Zero tolerance policy at schools may be lifted

Week 9 (March 17)

Georgia Common Core fight appears settled for now
Neighbor Newspapers

Zero-tolerance law changing
Marietta Daily Journal

Lawmakers OK HOPE for technical college students
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Session over, Georgia lawmakers head into primary elections
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What bills made the cut in Georgia's 2014 legislative session?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Final Legislative Day Still Fraught With Surprises
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Legislature Heads Into A Short Week With Long Days
Georgia Public Broadcasting 

Jones: Senate bill didn't kill Common Core as issue
Morris News Service

Under the Gold Dome: Session nearly over; final day should be busy
Associated Press

Week 8 (March 10)

Bills in play for the final days of the Georgia legislature
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State school chief on anti-Common Core bill: "Stop politicizing education"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State House strikes down anti-Common Core bill

The anti-standards bill: A whole lot of crazy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Common Core not dead in Georgia, after all
Morris News Service

House Education Committee rejects anti-Common Core bill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ligon Withdraws Support for Common Core Bill He Championed

Georgia abandons push to decriminalize campus guns
Associated Press

Anti-Common Core legislation: House ought to kill this bad bill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Senator no longer backs own bill to pull state out of Common Core
Marietta Daily Journal

If campaign against academic standards wins, kids lose
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Have critics read Common Core State Standards?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rotten to the Core: Stop federal dictates on Georgia education
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What's at the core of Georgia's Common Core bill?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contentious 'Common Core' bill up for vote this week
Gainesville Times

Week 7 (March 3)

State school chief: Anti-standards bill "would throw our education system into chaos."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deal predicts changes coming to Common Core legislation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Common Core hearing attracts a crowd

Bill could shake up education in Georgia

Response to today's Common Core conversation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Group heads to Atlanta to speak against SB 167
Tifton Gazette

Military Members Lend Support to Common Core

Week 6 (February 24)

House Bill 836 Signed into Law by Governor
Americus Times-Recorder

Senate passes bill separating state from Common Core

Georgia Senate tackles Common Core
Atlanta Business Chronicle

No luck this year with effort to create Dunwoody and Brookhaven school systems.
Maureen Downey - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Independent school district bill won’t be approved this year
Reporter Newspapers

Political Insider:  Legislative tip sheet - An uncommon debate over Common Core
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia politicians fault national education standards
Associated Press

School boards gain flexibility to punish students with weapons under House billAtlanta Journal-Constitution

Week 6 (February 17)

House passes new Zell Miller grant for technical college students
WSB Radio

Georgia House OKs more guns in more places

Georgia Senate committee approves anti-Common Core amendment
Morris News Service

Georgia lawmakers support bill allowing guns in churches, schools
Associated Press

Bill offers more HOPE for technical college students
Forsyth News

Week 5 (February 10)

Opinion:  Lawmakers creating problems for education
Athens Banner-Herald

Editorial: Here's an education
Rome News-Tribune

Political Insider: A GOP probe into the cash and culture of Friday Night Lights
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jim Galloway

'Merry Christmas' bill passes in Senate

Pondering guns, schools, Carter statue
Dick Yarborough Column

Key House panel votes for increased funding for Georgia schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opinion: More money for education
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

House approves bill changing school unemployment eligibility for school workers
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Week 4 (February 3)

Some Georgia cities could get the option to establish their own school districts
Georgia Public Broadcasting

School officials want parents to contact state representatives about school budget
WRBL-TV, Columbus

Of Constitutional Conventions and the Common Core
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Georgia lawmakers debate teaching winter holidays in public schools
WAGT-TV, Augusta

Can private school tax credits be expanded without harming Georgia's public school systems?
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Week 3

HB302 resolution won't be presented to the House
Dade County Sentinel

House approves amended budget for remainder of current fiscal year
Swainsboro Blade

School contractor benefits up for committee's vote
Morris News Service

The messaging battle over changes to state health care plan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Week 2

Many, not all, Georgia students glad legislators dropped concealed guns on campus proposal
Athens Banner-Herald

Even with short legislative session, plenty of questionable ideas in play
Athens Banner-Herald

State of the education lobby
Macon Telegraph

Bill would block school contract employees from collecting unemployment
Morris News Service

After failed 'campus carry" measure, new gun rights bill will focus on personal property
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Budgeting for New Students and Old Mistakes
Georgia Public Broadcasting

State Rep. Keisha Waites brings anti-bullying campaign to state legislators
Henry Daily Herald

Education shoved to legislative back burner
Johns Creek Herald

School funding is back on the table
Effingham Journal

The question no one in Georgia wants answered: How much does it cost to educate students to excellence?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawmakers hear Governor’s budget proposal as 2014 session begins
Forest Blade - Swainsboro

Education at forefront of Deal address
Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Week 1

House Bill 123 could bring changes to schools
WFXG-TV, Augustahttp://Househttp://House

Lawmaker predicts Common Core, funding to be legislative issues
Morris News Service

When Ga. GOP brags about 'cutting waste,' they mean education
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Commentary, Jay Bookman

Legislative session could hint at Deal's second term
Morris News Service 

Budget, education among top Georgia legislative issues
Associated Press

'Fast and focused' session will have big initiatives, controversies
Morris News Service

A precedent-setting legislative session? - Access North Georgia

Fast legislative session will need watching - Athens Banner-Herald

Funding k-12 education formula is top General Assembly priority - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This story is subscriber protected.)

Shorter session likely means more politicking - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This story is subscriber-only protected.)

Budget, education among top Georgia legislative issues for General Assembly session - Associated Press

Election season casts shadow over 2014 legislative session - Macon Telegraph



Senate approves bill to diversify high school sports governing board
Atlanta Journal-Constitution