Yesterday, Ms. Kim & Ms. Tammy went to the capitol for Dyslexia Day 2020 and this year they took two students, Will & Krissy. Both students were able to see how the legislative process works, as well as interact with advocates and lobbyists for dyslexia and other special needs students.
We were also able to speak to Representative Ed Setzler (House District 35) and Senator Lindsey Tippens (Senate District 37), both of whom represent the school’s district and are very supportive of our mission. Senator Tippens is Will’s grandfather! 🙂
There are currently 2 new bills being introduced this legislative term, as well as the possibility of reconsideration of one that did not pass last term. They are briefly summarized here and you can link to our more detailed posts about each of them.
Senate Bill 386 will make it easier to get the Georgia Special needs Scholarship, as well as open up possibility of appeals and more access for those already receiving it or who have been denied a medical waiver.
House Bill 939 will amend HB 217, which raised the cap on the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship from $58 million, to $100 million. HB 217 has the cap reverting back to $58 million and HB 939 would eliminate that.
Senate Bill 173 is up for reconsideration during this legislative session and would allow parents to use funds earmarked for public education to pay for qualified education expenses, including private school tuition.
Please CONTACT YOUR SENATOR and REPRESENTATIVE and ask them to support these bills so that our families have the financial assistance they need so their children can go to school where they can thrive AND LEARN! Tell them your story if it applies!
You can read Mellie’s Story in our 2018-2019 Annual Report, and Blake’s Story in our 2017-2018 Annual Report, both are compelling, and the statistics for students who do not get appropriate reading instruction are grim, and outlined in the Progress Reports in both stories. You can also see the statistics regarding the success of our programs HERE.
The bill would allow parents to use funds earmarked for public education to pay for qualified education expenses, including private school tuition. This would not be dependent on an IEP or 504, though we are not clear if this could supplement other scholarships or if receiving others, students may not be eligible for this. We will update as we find out.
Thursday, March 7, was the deadline to move bills from the Senate to the House and vice versa. However, legislation that failed to “cross over” may still pass by riding on other education-related bills before the session ends on April 2. Here is a wrap up of what may affect our families.
Senate Bill 173, the proposal to create a bill similar to SB10 scholarship for all students, did not cross to the House. It failed its first full Senate chamber vote. The Senate did not take another vote on the bill before the closing gavel on Crossover Day, but the Senate Finance Committee left a notice to reconsider.
House Bill 444, which makes changes to the Dual Enrollment program, also known as MOVE ON WHEN READY, passed the full House and has crossed to the Senate with more debate expected in the Senate as lawmakers seek to address the ballooning cost by reducing funding by $4 million. The proposed 2020 budget includes language to restrict Dual Enrollment to 11th and 12th grades andlimiting summer Dual Enrollment courses. This bill is currently in the Senate Higher Education Committee.
Let your Representatives and Senators know you support these bills, and also contact committee members.
Look up HERE for Senate Bill that has has crossed to the House
Look up HERE for House Bill that has has crossed to the Senate
Also contact committee members linked under each bill.