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Home Page Photo Caption:  Dr. Dana Rickman, Policy and Research Director, briefs the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee on the key topics found in the Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2015 report.  Rickman also answered a variety of education policy questions posed by the senators.

The Georgia Partnership will not be conducting a regular analysis of day to day activities of the 2015 General Assembly.  We will leave that to the experienced hands found in other organizations.  Below you will find links to them:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta Journal- Constitution - Georgia Legislative Navigator

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider with Jim Galloway

Georgia Association of Educational Leaders

Georgia PTA

Georgia Public Broadcasting 

Georgia School Boards Association

Georgia School Superintendents Association

Other Helpful Links

Georgia General Assembly

Georgia House of Representatives

Georgia State Senate

Education Issues in the 2015 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, Rep. Mike Dudgeon- R (right), Vice Chairman, Education Committee, House of Representatives, and Rep. Stacey Abrams - D (center), House Minority Leader, address the media audience at the 2015 Symposium held at Georgia Public Broadcasting January 9.  Michael O’Sullivan (left), State Director, Students First, served as moderator.

Articles of Interest 

The day after: Fallout from votes on transportation, school rescue measures
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 6)

Deal's plan to create state school district passes Senate
Athens Banner-Herald (March 6)

School takeover plan wins Georgia Senate’s approval
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 6)

Opinion: Georgia school districts ought to take opportunity now to fix schools or risk state takeover
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 6)

Georgia lawmakers act on school takeover
Associated Press (March 6)

New push in Legislature to allow guns in frat houses, college stadiums
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (March 6)

The Senate in 1 Minute
YouTube (Posted March 6 - covering March 5)

Opinion:  The conservative war on critical thinking
Marietta Daily Journal (March 6)

Changes to teacher retirement system might reduce benefits, educators say
Athens Banner-Herald (March 5)

New Orleans shows school gains are hard but possible
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Kyle Wingfield (March 5)

Outside New Orleans, La. school takeover results far from rosy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (March 5)

Cherokee-based teacher group against upping state benefit costs
Cherokee Tribune (March 5)

Cobb, Marietta school leaders on board with state's digital materials bill
Marietta Daily Journal (March 5)

Opinion: Politics drives attack on AP U.S. History in statehouse
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's "Get Schooled' blog - (March 4)

Are kindergartners too young to be suspended?
WXIA-TV (March 4)

Move to take over failing schools gets first approval
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 2)

Education Lessons From Post-Katrina New Orleans
Peach Pundit (March 2)

Georgia may lower state income tax
Morris News Service (March 2)

Georgia Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Urging Schools To Show D'Souza Film
TPM Livewire (February 26)

House panel approves tech college system name change
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 26)

House plan hands bill for bus drivers’ coverage to school districts
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 26)

Georgia lawmakers head to New Orleans as Deal makes his schools pitch
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (February 26)

Georgia House passes medical marijuana bill
Atlanta Business Chronicle (February 26)

Georgia House approves modified cannabis oil bill
Macon Telegraph (February 26)

If flexibility is key to school success, why doesn't state extend it to all schools?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 25)

Teachers, school boards oppose Gov. Deal’s takeover district
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 25)

All work and no play makes kindergarten a grind, no matter when kids turn 5
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 25)

Legislators table bill on campus rape investigations
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (February 25)

Opinion:  New Orleans is not good model for Georgia schools
Athens Banner-Herald (February 24)

Local legislators are voting for weaker student tests
Fayette Citizen (February 24)

Multiple education plans competing this Ga. legislative session
Morris News Service (February 23)

Political fight over U.S. history continues in Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required for full article (February 21)

Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock - House Bill 243
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (February 20)

Muscogee superintendent criticizes governor's plan for state to take over failing schools
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (February 20)

Opinion: A new plan to fix schools
Macon Telegraph - Erick Erickson (February 20)

College Board rep defends controversial new AP U.S. History framework
Gwinnett Daily Post (February 20)

Georgia lawmakers OK midyear budget, back health care for bus drivers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (February 20)

State Legislators Hear From College Board On AP History Changes
WABE-Radio (February 19)

Legislators say revised history course needs a redo
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (February 19)

Deal’s plan to take over ailing schools introduced in Georgia Senate
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscription required (February 19)

Georgia’s failing schools: The worst of the worst
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Kyle Wingfield (February 19)

Opinion: Gov. Deal doesn’t have to look to New Orleans for inspiration. Georgia models exist.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 19)

Dems: End tax credits to save failing schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 18)

RCBOE expresses concern over new 'failing school' legislation
Augusta Chronicle (February 18)

Richmond County School Leaders Dismiss Gov. Deal's Take Over Plan
WJBF-TV (February 18)

Tom Crawford: Georgia has yet to find a magic formula for schools
Georgia Report - Tom Crawford (February 18)

Looking for ways to reform education — again
Macon Telegraph (February 18)

State law could change the way Chatham school system is operated
WJCL-TV (February 18)

Sanders: Voucher programs simply shortchange public education
Athens Banner-Herald (February 17)

Georgia Democrats offer counter to Deal’s school takeover plan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - subscriber protected (February 17)

Gov. Deal gets school math right, but comments need more context
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politifact - subscriber protected (February 17)

Governor challenges recovery district opponents to find better idea. Here’s one – Education Olympics.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 17)

'Failing' label for Gaines Elementary surprises Clarke school officials
Athens Banner-Herald (February 16)

Gov. Nathan Deal seeks backing for school takeover plan
Associated Press (February 16)

Deal’s ‘failing schools’ proposal drawing mixed reviews
Macon Telegraph (February 16)

Opinion: Delayed diplomas - the long shadow of Georgia's graduation tests
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 16)

Georgia legislature may change kindergarten cutoff age
Forsyth County News (February 16)

The Democratic rift over Nathan Deal’s schools rescue plan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider (February 15)

Opinion:  Deal plan offers intriguing ideas, raises questions
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (February 15)

Local officials take wait-and-see approach over proposal for failing schools
Gainesville Times (February 15)

Belton: Education Committee getting busy
Covington News (February 15)

Opinion: Charter schools don’t belong in new recovery district. They are already bound by ‘perform or close’ mandate
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 14)

Georgia looks to New Orleans model for rescuing schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 14) - subscription required

Hobbs lashes out a state proposal to reduce benefits for part-time workers
Walton Tribune (February 14) - subscription required

Put education back in the hands of locals
Brunswick News (February 13)

Officials wary of Deal’s plan, say managing locally is best
Dalton Daily Citizen (February 13)

Cumming lawmaker floats ‘Parental Choice Bill’
Forsyth County News (February 13)

Part-time school workers may lose benefits
Gainesville Times (February 13)

Unterman’s anti-sex trafficking legislation clears Senate
Gwinnett Daily Post (February 13)

Leaders wary of education savings account
Marietta Daily Journal (February 13)

Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools
Associated Press (February 13)

House Approves Easier Path To Diploma Despite Failing Tests
Associated Press (February 13)

Experts: Hire committed and visionary leaders for recovery school district. Hasn’t Atlanta already done that?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 13)

The plan that could reshape Georgia's struggling schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 12)

Georgia unveils statewide plan to take over failing schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 12)

How Nathan Deal’s bid to rescue failing schools would work
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 12)

Gov. Deal on his recovery district: State would take over 20 schools a year and operate max of 100
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 12)

State’s plan to take over failing schools eyes 14 in Bibb, 2 in Twiggs 
Macon Telegraph (February 12)

Editorial: Fixing schools that fail must be a priority
Savannah Morning News (February 12)

Bill would let local governments set buffer between schools and grocery stores selling alcohol
Morris News Service (February 11)

Emotional pleas, but no vote on in-state tuition bill for immigrants
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 11)

School bus drivers and their families could be hit hard by cut
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 11)

Bill would help develop future workers
Dalton Citizen (February 11)

‘Dreamers’ get a hearing, but no college decision
Macon Telegraph (February 11)

A teacher’s plea to Georgia lawmakers: Lessen testing so we can return to teaching
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 10)

One choice bill for education reform
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Kyle Wingfield (February 10)

House panel votes to change allowable age for kindergarten
Morris News Service (February 10)

Georgia’s Education Problems Not All About Money
Peach Pundit (February 9)

Hobbs lashes out a state proposal to reduce benefits for part-time workers
Walton Tribune (Subscription require to read full article) (February 8)

Schools seek more flexibility from state regulations
Columbia County News-Times (February 8)

Come on, we can afford health insurance for bus drivers, cafeteria workers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jay Bookman (February 7)

New law would ignore test failures and award belated high school diplomas to 8,000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (February 6)

Benefit cut for part-timers won’t include Ga. lawmakers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 6)

Behind some educational theater, something big is brewing
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider (February 5)

Bill to raise kindergarten age prompts concerns
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 5)

Bill would allow parents to use tax money to pay tuition
Morris News Service (February 5)

Appoint state school chief? ‘It’s all about leadership’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Opinion: Kyle Wingfield (February 5)

Georgia State House introduces legislation to create innovative school choice program
American Federation for Children (February 5)

State lawmakers to propose stronger sex trafficking laws
WXIA-TV (February 5)

Opinion: If Legislature wants kids ready for kindergarten, invest in quality pre-k
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's Blog (February 4)

Georgia Senate passes bipartisan education bill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 4)

Proposal would study a bonus HOPE at private colleges for key majors
Morris News Service (February 4)

House bill would move up cutoff date for kindergarten eligibility
Marietta Daily Journal (February 4)

Georgia Senate approves bill counting college work toward high school
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 3)

No school suspension for young students under Howard bill
Morris News Service (February 2)

Officials fear insurance cuts may prompt exodus of Forsyth school bus drivers
Forsyth County News (February 2)

Fight brewing over millions of dollars in state spending
Macon Telegraph (February 1)

Ominous signs from Democrats on GOP’s education, transportation proposals
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 1)

Commission chair blasts House transportation bill
Marietta Daily Journal (January 30)

Bill would prevent 4-year-olds from kindergarten
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 29)

Bill allowing early access to college advances in Senate
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 29 - Full article subscriber protected)

Ga. lawmaker wants history books to highlight America
Morris News Service (January 29)

House leaders signal they want school bus drivers to keep health insurance
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 28)

Legislative tip sheet: Press the restart button
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 26)

Legislative update week 2: Education, cannabis oil, transportation
LaGrange News (January 22)

The budget shows what the state really wants to do
Columbia County News-Times (January 20)

Blackmon: More input needed on appointing state school superintendent
Athens Banner-Herald (January 19)

Sen. Hill introducing bill to allow governor to select superintendent
Marietta Daily Journal (January 17)

Charter solution is part of the education mix
Charter Confidential (January 16)

2015 Legislative Preview 
Creative Loafing (January 16)

Deal outlines big changes ahead for Georgia’s public schools
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 14)

A Look At Some Education Issues To Be Considered During the 2015 Legislative Session
Peach Pundit (January 13)

In Inaugural Speech, Deal Stresses Education and Jobs; Transportation Not Mentioned
WABE-Radio (January 13)

Middle schooler's idea to lower minimum age for Georgia Senate from 25 to 21 introduced as bill
Morris News Service (January 13)