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Legislative - Action Alert - April 28, 2010 (SB 521)
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Legislative Action Alert!
SB 521

Posted April 28, 2010 11:15am

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET CONTACTED YOUR LEGISLATOR TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS ON SB 521 PLEASE DO SO TODAY!!

Legislative Alert – SB 521

SB 521 began as a bill supporting dual enrollment. After Governor Perdue’s merit pay bill SB 386 was defeated, language regarding statewide evaluations and student achievement was added to SB 521. PAGE does not oppose improvements in dual enrollment, but we do oppose tacking language from a failed effort on merit pay on to it.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET CONTACTED YOUR LEGISLATOR TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS ON SB 521 PLEASE DO SO TODAY!!

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Notes from PAGE Lobbyist Margaret Ciccarelli:

SB 521 was the topic of much discussion Tuesday afternoon at the capitol. Though the legislation was on the day’s House voting calendar, House leaders did not call the bill for a vote. Instead, SB 521 was sent back to the Rules Committee. Legislators huddled in the hallways, trying to find a compromise on the bill. Later in the evening, the Rules Committee slightly amended the bill without substantially improving it. Rules Committee Chair Bill Hembree (R-Winston) took a collective voice vote from the Rules Committee regarding whether SB 521 should be placed on the House voting calendar for a second time. Observers heard that many Rules Committee members simultaneously and loudly indicated “no” during the voice vote. Regardless, Hembree moved the bill back onto the House voting calendar, despite the objection from Rep. Dubose Porter (D-Dublin) who asked that Rules Committee members individually indicate their preference regarding SB 521. Porter’s requests were denied. Ultimately, the House adjourned late tonight without considering SB 521—whether the measure will be brought up on Thursday (Sine Die) remains to be seen.

As Margaret’s notes make plain and yesterday’s floor action reinforces, there is no appetite on the part of legislators to pass SB 521 as long as it contains teacher evaluation language.

Below is a link to an Atlanta Constitution article which ran Tuesday morning to set the stage for the day’s activities. Legislators tell PAGE they have been hearing from hundreds of educators across the state. Your voices are making a difference!

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/house-votes-tuesday-on-495485.html 

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Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) 
P.O. Box 942270 | Atlanta, GA 31141-2270 
Phone: 770-216-8555 (Metro Atlanta) or 800-334-6861 

www.pageinc.org 

 

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