I get these regularily and I will try to post them when I remember. There are some interesting topics.
School Board Legislation
The Senate Education and Youth Committee met this morning and passed SB 84 which seeks to better define the roles of school board members. SB 84 would also mandate a code of ethics for local boards and allow for removal of board members. The legislation will now move to the Senate Rules Committee for placement on the Senate Calendar.
Math and Science Differentiated Pay Proposal
Despite PAGE’S efforts, the House Education Committee passed an amended version of HB 280. PAGE previously spoke before a subcommittee considering HB 280 and pointed out that an existing, but unfunded, state law already allows Georgia to differentiate educator pay for critical shortages. PAGE also expressed deep concern that current budget constraints would not allow funding for HB 280 until the 2010-2011 school year. HB 280 is a differentiated pay proposal purporting to attract more math and science teachers to Georgia’s public schools. The legislation would allow high school and middle school teachers who are certified or who become certified in math or science to move up the state salary schedule and be paid as if they had five years of creditable service.
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers who receive endorsements in math and science would receive a stipend of $1,000 per endorsement for each year each such endorsement is in effect, for a maximum of five years. After five years, teachers with these endorsements may continue to receive such stipends if they achieve Master Teacher Certification; if Master Teacher Certification is not obtained or if the certification expires, the teacher would lose the stipend. Math and science endorsements must be post-baccalaureate nondegree programs, independent of an initial preparation program in early childhood education, and the endorsements must consist of a minimum of three courses, of which two courses shall be focused on the advancement of content knowledge and one course, or any additional course, must be focused on content-specific pedagogy and proven strategies for teaching math or science to children in grades k-5. HB 280 will now move to the House Rules Committee for placement on the House Calendar.
Local Systems to Move to Four-Day School Week?
The House Education Committee also passed HB 193 which will move to House Rules.
The legislation would allow local school systems to schedule classes for the hourly equivalent of 180 days, which would enable local systems to decide to move to a four-day school week, if they so chose.