2010 Legislative Priorities
Our Process for Establishing Legislative Priorities
Each spring the PAGE Legislative Task Force, which is composed of members representing all PAGE districts across the state, reviews the previous legislative session and drafts a set of legislative priorities for the upcoming session.
In spring 2009 the task force, noting the unique and difficult times we are in, decided to develop a new document to be used with legislators. While our list of specific legislative priorities will remain from previous years and will be on our website (click here to view) and available for use in consultation with legislators or legislative committees, the new document (see below "Critical Issues for Critical Times") will allow us to focus on limited, very specific priorities during a time of economic crisis.
Critical Issues for Critical Times
PAGE recognizes that economic times are difficult, but we also know that there is a strong link between student achievement and quality educators in our classrooms. Therefore, we ask all legislators to consider one important question when considering education legislation during the 2010 session:
“Is a given piece of legislation more likely to strengthen or to weaken achievement among the vast majority of Georgia’s 1.6 million school children?”
With that question in mind, PAGE asks legislators to do everything possible to stop further reductions in funding of public education. K-12 education has already suffered more than $2 billion in state cuts over the past several years.
Specifically, PAGE asks members of the General Assembly to:
- Attempt to lower the pupil/teacher ratio in grades K-12 – or at least not increase it further.
- Oppose any attempts to divert public funds for programs such as vouchers. At a time when public schools are severely underfunded, it would be extremely irresponsible to take more funds from public schools.
- Find sources of funding for professional learning for teachers. A little funding can make a major difference in quality of instruction.
- Oppose plans to reduce revenues at a time when education funding is being cut to the bone.