Gov. Deal Signs Education Legislation Today

Gov. Deal signed House Bill 338 that “provides a method for identifying low-performing schools and establishes a multiyear, multifaceted turnaround plan to assist them.” The bill was sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R, District 9 – Dawsonville).

“Georgia remains committed to improving our state’s education system by increasing student access to high-performing schools and learning environments conducive to today’s academic standards. To that end, Rep. Tanner has worked tirelessly with my office, members of the General Assembly and other stakeholders on HB 338. By focusing improvement efforts and education resources on our lowest-performing schools, our most vulnerable students will have greater opportunities for success. The educational investments in this legislation will produce long-term benefits for students, families and communities by ensuring education outcome is not hindered by zip code, but rather enhanced by state support and local accountability. I want to thank Rep. Tanner, members of the General Assembly and many others who worked together for the benefit of Georgia’s current and future students.”

Rep. Kevin Tanner:

“It has been a true honor to work closely with Gov. Deal and his incredible team on HB 338. I believe that working to improve our state’s low-performing schools can have a greater impact on the future of our state than any other issue we could address as a General Assembly. I appreciate Gov. Deal’s leadership in this area, and I look forward to continuing to work with his staff and the State Board of Education to put this plan into real action.”

Gov. Deal also signed nine additional education bills, which can be seen after the break.  

Legislation Sponsor Description
HB 139 Rep. Dave Belton Provide transparency of financial information of local school systems and schools
HB 198 Katie Dempsey Elementary and secondary education; influenza vaccine; provide information
HB 224 Rep. Dave Belton Quality Basic Education Act; military student may attend any school in local system; provide
HB 237 Rep. Brooks Coleman Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation; receive private donations for grants to public schools; provisions
HB 37 Rep. Earl Ehrhart Education; private postsecondary institutions in Georgia shall not adopt sanctuary policies; provide
HB 430 Rep. Buzz Brockway Governor’s Education Reform Commission; charter schools; implement recommendations
HB 437 Rep. Robert Dickey Agricultural Education Advisory Commission; recreate
SB 186 Sen. Lindsey Tippins Education; HOPE; students who earned high school diploma through dual coursework are eligible; associate degree; clarify
SB 211 Sen. Lindsey Tippins Student Assessments;consideration of local reading programs; research based formative assessments; summative component; provide

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