** GLMA Legislative Alert **
Expenditure Controls — Waiver Legislation Introduced
Legislation that would waive media center expenditure controls for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years has been introduced in the House.
House Bill 278, by one of the Governor’s floor leaders, Rep. Matt Ramsey (R – Peachtree City), states
“(f)(1) For school years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 only, the expenditure controls contained in subsection (a) of this Code section relating to direct instructional costs, media center costs, and staff and professional development costs shall be waived and shall not apply to nor be enforceable against a local school system.
Click Here to view HB 278.
GLMA lobbyists will work with leadership to develop strategies to fight this legislation. Now is the time for members to begin telling local legislators how this legislation will impact the ability to educate students.
It would be beneficial to raise your students’ parents’ awareness on the issue and get the grassroots going with postcard, email, and/or telephone campaigns into the legislators’ offices. Parents will be your strongest allies in this battle.
Members also need to begin working at the local level, since each system will have the ability to determine how state funds will be spent if they are authorized to spend media center funds on the media centers or elsewhere within the system.
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Visit Vote Smart.org to find your legislators. Remember, if your school lies in a district different from your home district, you can contact two sets of legislators – your home legislators and your schools legislators.
We will keep you updated on this legislation.
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