The Georgia Senate passed two pieces of substantive legislation today, the first day of the 2012 Session. Both bills were carryovers from 2011.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, second-signer to Tommie Williams, took the well on Senate Bill 184, which prevents local school boards from using seniority as a factor in deciding which teachers are fired when layoffs are made.
“We have teachers of the year who are fired because of this ridiculous policy,” said Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock. “We want the very best teachers in the classroom regardless of what day they were hired.”
The bill passed 38-15 with largely-Republican support.
Senate Bill 38, also sponsored by Rogers, gives sole authority to the State School Superintendent in hiring and firing his staff. The state school board may override the Superintendent’s decisions by a two-thirds vote.
Whatever this means for settling issues of leadership in the Senate, Chip Rogers clearly was winning today.