Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Legislative Forum this Thursday and ELPC Wednesday AM

Bloggers might be interested in this forum Thursday night - it is a chance to talk with legislators - share concerns they have that appear on the blog often: term limits and size of BOE, testing, math, GA Performance Standards, class sizes, unfunded mandates, the QBE funding formula, etc.

From: Marcia Keise-Coward, President 2010-2012, DeKalb County Council Of PTAs

Hello All,

The DeKalb County legislative delegation has been invited to a meeting at the Board of Education complex at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083 by the DeKalb Council of PTAs. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the coming legislative agenda for public education and issues regarding our children.

We are asking all Principals and PTA Presidents to forward this information to as many of their local community as possible. We have done the work in pulling them together. Now we need your help in bringing the community out to talk about the issues. Please also encourage your staff, school Councils, Parent Councils and club sponsors to bring our students out so they too can be a part of the process.


Don’t underestimate your influence: Legislators pay attention to the issues raised by voters in their communities.
Don’t assume you need to be an expert in legislative advocacy: You are the expert in knowing your child's educational needs and what support your family and community need.
Stay informed: Once the legislative session starts, things happen quickly.
Often there is little notice before an issue comes up for a vote. There will be times when a legislator needs immediate feedback from you on an issue and they don't usually get it! Let your voice be heard on the issues that are important to you NOW!

The following members of the 2011-12 Georgia Senate are going to be present:

Gloria Butler, Jason Carter, Steve Henson, Fran Millar, and Ron Ramsey. The following members of the 2011-12 Georgia House of Representatives are going to be present: Stacey Abram, Simone Bell, Stephanie Benfield, Karla Drenner, Scott Holcomb, Mike Jacobs, Rahn Mayo, Billy Mitchell, Howard Mosby, Mary Margaret Oliver, Elena Parent, Pam Stephenson and Tom Taylor. Most of the planned agenda is for constituents to meet in small groups with their respective legislators. This is an excellent opportunity for your voice to be heard on issues of concern to you.

The date, time and place is
November 18, at 7:00 p.m.
at the Board of Education Complex
at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

The complex is located at the Mountain Industrial Exit 4 of U.S.
78, the Stone Mountain Freeway. Make a right turn at the exit and the complex is .2 miles on the left side of Mountain Industrial Blvd. (Turn left at the Hampton Inn sign.)

Ruth Primm
DeKalb Council of PTAs
Legislative Chair


In addition, be sure to attend the Emory-Lavista Parent Council Meeting tomorrow for even more legislative news -

Emory Lavista Parent Council
Join us at 9:15 am
(refreshments begin at 8:45 am)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Medlock Elementary School
2418 Wood Trail Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033

Our guest speakers Zenda Bowie,
Georgia School Board Association,
and Berney Kirkland,
Chief of Staff Gwinnett County Public Schools


Good Governance for our Schools

Julie Rhame, board member for the Decatur City Schools and former Director of PR for DeKalb County School System, and Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, board member for the Atlanta Public Schools, will be joining the panel on governance.

The program will begin with an overview of good governance practices for school systems including the proper roles for school boards and their members. With a variety of school systems represented, each panel member will give their personal perspective.

Please join us at Medlock Elementary for the relevant and timely program.

Next meeting:
January 19th at Hawthorne Elementary School

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, the AJC reported the date of the legislative forum incorrectly. They said Wednesday. I just spoke to the president of the DeKalb PTA Council and confirmed it is THURSDAY. Thanks for getting this right!