A Happy House Bill 908 Update

There must have been a lot of calls into the Capitol yesterday!  A  
vote on House Bill 908 has been delayed for two weeks!  If all of the  
GLMA members aren't kicked into high gear on contacting the House  
Education Committee members, they need to be now!

What Happened During the Hearing...
As we expected, Rep. David Casas (R-Lilburn) offered a substitute that  
only included expenditure controls waivers and said he would not be  
willing to accept any amendments.

Rep. Benton (R-Jefferson) offered a substitute to waive expenditure  
controls, the 65% rule, and added 1 more student to grades k-5 and 2  
students to 6-12.

House Majority Whip, Rep. Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta) offered a  
substitute that left the bill as originally introduced but requires  
system level hearings before using the waiver provisions in the bill  
and requires budget reporting to DOE as an added level of  
accountability.

Chairman Coleman did allow testimony, so we signed up to present  
GLMA's concerns regarding the bill.  Approximately 4 testimonies in,  
the Chairman cut everyone else off and delayed the vote.

What's Next...
We need to put together a document with a few strong bullet points  
that effectively convey the GLMA message.  We will work with you on  
this as soon as possible so we have something to bring to committee  
members first thing next week.

Let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for a message and  
it's communication to legislators.

The House Education Committee members list is attached again here.   
Contact everyone on the list today!

We will keep you posted!

Michelle Crider
JLH Consulting
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About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

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