Update and Action Needed for HB 172

The Georgia House passed HB 172 yesterday, which extends the waivers on expenditure controls for media centers (as well as class size limits and other areas) through June, 2015.  The bill will now move to the Senate Education and Youth Committee.  PLEASE contact members of that committee (listed below with their e-mails) and share with them how the waivers have affected your media centers this year and last.

Also, Pat Pickard had an opinion piece in yesterday’s AJC regarding the cuts to public libraries which showed we will not be able to depend on public library resources to make up the difference in education cuts. (Their materials budget has been cut 85% since 2008 and their staffing budget is being cut $3 million dollars this year.)

Senate Education and Youth Committee  (e-mails below to make it easy to copy and paste):
Bill Jackson
Chip Rogers
Donzella James
Fran Millar
Freddie Powell Sims
Horacena Tate
Jesse Stone
John Albers
Lindsey Tippins
Tommie Williams
Vincent Fort
William Ligon

bill.jackson@senate.ga.gov
chiprogers21@comcast.net
donzella.james@senate.ga.gov
fran.millar@senate.ga.gov
freddie.sims@senate.ga.gov
horacena.tate@senate.ga.gov
jesse.stone@senate.ga.gov
info@senatoralbers.com
lindsey.tippins@senate.ga.gov
tommie.williams@senate.ga.gov
vincent.fort@senate.ga.gov
william.ligon@senate.ga.gov

Nan T. Brown
Advocacy Chair, GLMA

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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.

Posted on February 25, 2011, in legislation and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Li'berry Fairy

    I had an interesting experience attending the House Appropriations hearing with Michelle Crider as our GLMA spokesperson. I encourage everyone to keep the conversation on funding alive; the ax will fall on the issues not kept in the forefront.

    We need to be speak and write letters on all educational issues. We can show our representatives that we represent and understand the big picture of education.
    They asked the speakers, not just the presenters many questions, they need unbiased information!
    Margaret Ross, The Li’berry Fairy

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