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Time Runs Short to Boost Transparency, Parental Roles in Statewide School Plan

Posted March 25, 2015 by Claire Suggs

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s  proposal to create a statewide Opportunity School District (OSD) to take over persistently low-performing schools could pass out of the Georgia house and sent for the governor’s signature as soon as this week.
 This train needs to slow down to give lawmakers time to add better provisions

State Transportation Repair Plan Veers Off Course

Posted March 24, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]As published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 24, 2015
The bill lawmakers are pushing to answer Gov. Nathan Deal’s call for more money to fix Georgia’s roads and bridges made a sharp turn in the wrong direction last week.
State senators put their stamp on a version their House

Increasing Access to Child Care Helps Georgia’s Women, State Economy

Posted March 23, 2015 by

[Read more]Guest blogger Kelly Dolan is executive director of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation
At the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, we know that advocacy is one of the most effective ways to combat the sort of interrelated root causes of social problems and systemic factors that are detailed in our Breaking the Cycle

Senate Transportation Bill Escalates Pain for Education, Other Needs

Posted March 19, 2015 by Alan Essig

[Read more]Georgia’s state senators could inflict more than twice the pain contemplated by their House counterparts if they move forward with plans to fix roads and bridges with a raid on the general fund to the tune of $442 million. The version House members sent to them proposes a “mere” $168

Key Questions for House Members about Opportunity School District Plan

Posted March 13, 2015 by Claire Suggs

This week members of Georgia’s House are set to debate the merits of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to create a statewide “Opportunity School District” that aims to boost student achievement at persistently low-performing schools.
Let’s hope the debate delivers answers to questions that still linger after state senators approved Senate … [Read more]

Transportation Plan Takes Positive Turn, Has a Few Miles to Go

Posted March 13, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 170… [Read more] last week, legislation that could generate nearly $1 billion a year in extra state funding for transportation. Its passage comes after more than a month of spirited debate that delivered several important changes, many for the better. The improving bill now

Education Savings Accounts Bill Less Costly, Still Needs Improvement

Posted March 10, 2015 by Claire Suggs

Georgia’s House Ways and Means Committee this week passed the latest version of House Bill 243… [Read more], legislation to create Education Savings Accounts, which proponents tout as refined school vouchers. The full Georgia House still needs to approve the bill by Friday’s “crossover day” to pass it along to state

Proposed Insurance Industry Tax Credit a $139 Million Budget Drain

Posted March 10, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]A proposed new tax credit program that benefits insurance companies would cost Georgia an estimated $139 million in lost revenue by 2023. The credit is part of a complicated finance program designed to create investment in low-income communities. But the experiences of other states offer cautionary tales that should give

Georgia Falls to Second Worst Uninsured Rate in U.S.

Posted March 3, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia fell further behind nearly all other states in ensuring access to health coverage for its residents in 2014, according to a new Gallup Health-Ways Well-Being Index report… [Read more]. Georgia ranked sixth in the 2013 Gallup survey.
More than 19 percent of adults in Georgia went without health insurance in

Hopes for New Approach to Revenues Dampened by New Income Tax Plan

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Are state lawmakers ready to have “the talk” about new revenue? After hearing state lawmakers dismiss anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist’s comments and efforts to influence Georgia’s legislative process earlier this week, I thought so. For more on the Norquist flap, check out the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider blog… [Read more].
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