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Legislation & Advocacy
Crossover Day is February 28 this year. This will be Day 28 of the legislative session; in the past, Crossover Day was Day 30. The change was made to allow legislators more time to deal with the bills. Crossover Day is the last day for a bill to pass out of its chamber of origin and "cross over" to the other chamber. Some bills that PTA is tracking:
HB 482 is the Educational Scholarship Act: This bill creates an Education Savings Account program (ESA) which would transfer the state portion of QBE funding into a personal account for parents to use for a student’s education. This is a voucher program moving public education funds into private schools. It would be possible for students to enter the ESA program without ever being in a public school – and therefore not counted as part of QBE in any previous year. A fiscal note performed by the Department of Audits and Accounts shows that in 4 years, this bill would cost the state between $23.1 million and $69.3 million. QBE is still suffering from a $166 million austerity cut – where will the additional funds to cover the private school vouchers come from? PTA OPPOSES vouchers in all forms. Read more here from GBPI.
HB 928 passed out of committee and is on track to be heard by the full House. The bill proposes to extend the time that students have to use the HOPE Scholarship from seven to 15 years after high school. Read a blog post that details this issue.
HB 673 - Distracted Driving - Sponsored by Cobb Delegation member John Carson, this bill prohibits drivers from using their phones while behind the wheel and was approved by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee last Wednesday. Drivers would be required to use mobile devices " hands-free", meaning they could touch their cellphones to dial, receive or end a phone call or for GPS navigation, but not for any other purpose. National PTA does have a Resolution on Distracted Driving.
There are numerous bills in both chambers regarding gun control. Read more here. The outlook for any of these is not clear.
Remember to let your lawmakers know how YOU feel about an issue.
Advocate: To plead in favor of; defend; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly. One who pleads for or on behalf of another.
Note: PTA is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties
Why National PTA Endorsed the Teachers and Parents at the Table Act
The Teachers and Parents at the Table Act would create two committees made up of teachers, parents and family members to advise the Secretary of Education, report to Congress on family engagement in education and offer guidance for state and local education leaders to improve family engagement policies in schools.
Read more about PTA's stance in this press release, or read the full text of the bill.
In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) statute, Georgia’s draft ESSA plan was submitted to Governor Nathan Deal for a 30-day review on August 14, 2017. Georgia will submit its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017.
Review more information about ESSA and Georgia's plan at the Georgia Department of Education website.
The National PTA’s Legislative Checklist for the 115th Congress outlines the policy priorities National PTA and its constituent associations believe are critical to ensuring all children reach their highest potential. The National PTA Legislative Checklist features the following policy areas:
Elementary and Secondary Education
Federal Investments in Education
Early Learning and Childhood Education
Child Health and Safety
Gun Safety and Violence Prevention
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Education Technology and Student Data Privacy
Postsecondary Access and Opportunity
How Can I Become More Involved as an Advocate for My Child and My School? Every PTA member can be an effective advocate. The process is always the same: identify, research and understand the issue; identify, research and understand the decision-maker; and develop and communicate the message. The process is not always easy, and dedication and perseverance are usually required. Sometimes success is achieved quickly, sometimes slowly.
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Note: In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, Georgia PTA (and all local units under its umbrella) is nonpartisan and works to direct its efforts at members of both political parties in order to enact change. When PTA officers or lobbyists participate in legislative activities that educate lawmakers about officially adopted PTA positions, or support a particular piece of legislation that is in agreement with the PTA Legislative Program, it is done on a strictly nonpartisan basis. Parent Letter - Ebola Protocol 10 17 14