I’m at the Capitol today and trying to follow a few things. Will perhaps do a few updates along the way. I’ll also do an Open Thread so y’all can contribute as to what you’re seeing/hearing.
On Education, Senator Ligon attempted to amend HB 897 to add anti-Common Core/Anti-Science/Anti-data language to the bill. One of his amendments was withdrawn, the other two failed. Repeal of Common Core is likely dead, pending additional zombie legislation.
There is a House Resolution pending that will authorize a study committee to discuss the federal intrusion into Common Core. This, frankly, is how any issues with Common Core should be viewed. The program has Georgia origins and the national standards are voluntary. It is reasonable to ensure that the program – and federal funding – do not change this basic but fundamental part of the program. Dems object to some of the anti-federal language. There may be floor “discussion” on the issue.
Back to HB 897. Senator Tippins presented a few amendments, but continues to deny the House language authored by Rep Mike Dudgeon that is favorable to continuing Georgia’s Charter School movement. Kyle Wingfield has written about the issue here, pitting and penning it as “The Senators vs The Students. The Senate needs to stand with Charter Schools, as they are the most viable form of school choice, and supported by bi-partisan majorities of Georgians.