New GLMA Legislative Alerts and Updates

**  GLMA Legislative Alert  **

State budget woes continue to impact the underlying theme of legislation, including newly introduced House Bill (HB) 172 by House Education Chairman Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth).

HB 172 extends the flexibility legislation that allows local systems to waive expenditure controls on media center costs, professional development, and costs related to direct instruction through the 2014-2015 school year.  This bill also extends the maximum school size waivers and deadline for tendering teacher contracts to May 15th through the 2014-2015 school year.  This bill has not yet been assigned to a committee, but we presume it will be assigned to the House Education Committee next week.  Committee members can be found HERE.

GALILEO Update

The House Appropriations Committee continues to work on the FY 2011 supplemental budget.  The committee is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, February 9th to pass the budget, which will then move to the full House for a vote.

The Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee met this week to discuss the FY 11 budget, and will schedule additional meetings in the coming weeks to discuss both the FY 11 and FY 12 budgets.

Continue to encourage House and Senate Appropriations Education Committee members to keep funds in place for GALILEO in the FY 11 supplemental and FY 12 budgets.  Again, focus your message on how students use and benefit from GALILEO and why it cannot be replaced by search engines like Google and GoodSearch.  Encourage your colleagues and students parents to contact legislators on the issue, too.

Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee Members

Sen. Bill Heath, Chair – EMAIL

Sen. Tommie Williams, Vice Chair – EMAIL

Sen. John Bulloch – EMAIL

Sen. Jack Murphy – EMAIL

Sen. Chip Rogers – EMAIL

Sen. Horacena Tate – EMAIL

Sen. Jack Hill, Senate Appropriations Chair – EMAIL

Sen. Fran Millar, Senate Education Chair – EMAIL

House Appropriations Education Subcommittee Members
Rep. Tom Dickson, Chair – EMAIL
Rep. Rick Austin, Secretary – EMAIL
Rep. Amos Amerson – EMAIL
Rep. Kathy Ashe – EMAIL
Rep. Amy Carter – EMAIL
Rep. David Casas – EMAIL
Rep. Brooks Coleman – EMAIL
Rep. Jan Jones – EMAIL
Rep. Margaret Kaiser – EMAIL
Rep. Howard Maxwell – EMAIL
Rep. Jay Neal – EMAIL

Rep. Terry England, House Appropriations Chair – EMAIL

Until next week, stay tuned…

Lasa Joiner

Michelle Crider

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