Many recent "Georgia" education bills have mirrored in language and spirit of ALEC model bills.
Washington Post | The four corporations that dominate the U.S. standardized testing market spend millions of dollars lobbying state and federal officials — as well as sometimes hiring them — to persuade them to favor policies that include mandated student assessments, helping to fuel a nearly $2 billion annual testing business, a new analysis shows.
The analysis, done by the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit liberal watchdog and advocacy agency based in Wisconsin that tracks corporate influence on public policy, says that four companies — Pearson Education, ETS (Educational Testing Service), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw-Hill— collectively spent more than $20 million lobbying in states and on Capitol Hill from 2009 to 2014.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/30/report-big-education-firms-spend-millions-lobbying-for-pro-testing-policies/
Ledger-Enquirer | Kevin Green's question as to why Georgia did not have a state mammal sparked a project for the first-grade classes, who then lobbied the legislature, which led to the designation of the white-tailed deer as the state mammal. The governor signed the bill into law during an assembly at the school. Deal and the students are surrounded by members of the Columbus state legislative delegation, including state Sen. Ed Harbison, standing left, state Rep. Calvin Smyre, Reese Road principal Pamela McCoy, state Rep. Carolyn Hugley and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams.
Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2015/04/30/3696231/governor-signs-bill-at-elementary.html#storylink=cpy
School takeover. College credit. High school diplomas.
Georgia lawmakers didn’t pass a lot of bills related to education this session, but those that did pass could have a big impact on Georgians.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest education-related laws passed this year: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/georgia-lawmakers-approve-big-changes-for-students/nkmRm/
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SB 116, the Celebrate Freedom Week bill, was stripped and became the education savings account bill, which is a voucher bill. Georgia’s teachers and parents deserve legislative transparency, not trickery. This voucher bill wasn’t even approved by the Education committee and voted down in Ways & Means due to its high fiscal note.
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