Archived Reports

2020 Page Capitol Report Archive

(These reports from the Capitol reflect activity only for the legislative day indicated.)

Senate Committee Explores Multiple Diplomas & Increasing Male Teachers (Oct. 13, 2020)

Gov. Kemp Signs Education Legislation (Aug. 7, 2020)

PAGE 2020 Legislative Session Final Report (July 20, 2020)

Day 40 (June 26, 2020)
  • 2020 Session Adjourns, Sine Die
  • Budget Squeeze Ahead for School Districts
  • Senate Approves Bill Ending University System Obligation to TRS
  • House Gives Final Approval to Education Bills

Day 39 (June 25, 2020)
  • State Budget Compromise Includes $950 Million Cut for K-12
  • Senate Acts on Testing Reduction & Educator Evaluation Bills; Tables TRS Repayment Bill
  • Education Bill Becomes Reduce Legislator Pay Cut Bill
  • House Agrees to HB 993, Sending Child Abuse Registry Elimination to Governor

Day 38 (June 24, 2020)
  • Testing Reduction Bill Passes the House
  • Senate Passes Breast Cancer Screening Bill for SHBP Participant

Day 37 (June 23, 2020)
  • PAGE Encourages Educators to Contact House & Senate Members to Minimize School Budget Cuts
  • Educator Evaluation Appeal Passes Senate Education Committee
  • House Judiciary Strips Bill Regarding Sexual Assault in Schools

Day 36 (June 22, 2020)
  • Governor Kemp Shaves Proposed K-12 Funding Cuts
  • Senate Retirement Passes University System TRS Bill
  • House Passes TRS Alternative Investment Bill

Contact Your House & Senate Member Today to Discourage Cuts to K-12 Education: Difficult Budget Decisions in Difficult Times (June 23, 2020)

The 2020 General Assembly is expected to adjourn this Friday, June 26. Now is the time to make your voice heard at the Capitol. In concert with PAGE advocacy under the Gold Dome, PAGE urges educators to contact their House and Senate members today and ask lawmakers to consider revenue solutions which soften harmful cuts to K-12 education.

Days 34 & 35 (June 20, 2020)
  • Closer Look at Senate’s Budget Proposal
  • House Ed Passes Revised Testing Reduction Bill
  • House and Senate Meet Through the Weekend
  • Senate Finance Committee Seeks State Revenue Boost

Day 33 (June 18, 2020)
  • Two Opportunities to Rollback Testing – SB 367 Needs Your Help
  • Tax Credit Review Bill Stalls in House Subcommittee

Day 32 (June 17, 2020)
  • Budget Cuts Loom as Districts Work to Safely Reopen Schools
  • Standardized Testing Bill Stalls in House Education Committee
  • Charter School Clean-Up Bill Advances in Senate

Day 31 (June 16, 2020)
  • Committee Approves Alternative Investments for TRS

Day 30 (June 15, 2020)
  • Legislators Prepare for Budget Discussion as 2020 Session Resumes
  • Senate Education Committee Updated ​on School Reopening by Georgia Department of Education

General Assembly Set To Reconvence in Mid-June

Steep Cuts Projected for State Education Agencies
  • $1.3 Billion Cut Projected for QBE
  • 4,000 Pre-Kindergarten Slots at Risk
  • New Strategy to Reduce Teacher Costs
  • Cuts Touch Other Education Agencies
  • Next Steps
  • Member Action

State Lawmakers Receive Update on Georgia’s Pandemic Related Fiscal Challenges (May 15, 2020)
  • Sliding Consumer Confidence Reported by State Economist
  • Budget Director Details State Revenue Drop
  • Presenters Answer Questions Submitted by Legislators

Legislative and Budget Update, CARES Act Grants (May 6, 2020)
  • State Funding Cuts Anticipated for FY 2021
  • Preliminary Estimate of Cuts to FY 2021 Budget
  • SBOE Approves $457 Million CARES Act Funds for Local School Districts
  • Farewell to Sen. Jack Hill, a Friend to Public Education
  • Sen. Tillery Named Appropriations Chair

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Summary (April 6, 2020)
  • Impact on Individuals
  • Impact on K-12 Education

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary (March 26, 2020)
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Expansion
  • Free Testing for COVID-19
  • Expansion of Food Assistance Programs

Legislative Update: Uncertainties in the Midst of COVID-19 Epidemic (March 25, 2020)
  • Update on where the General Assembly Stands During COVID-19 Epidemic

Day 28 (Part 2) and Day 29
  • Legislature & Many School Districts Suspend Indefinitely
  • Day 28 Report (Part 2): House Passes Evaluation Review, Return to Work, and Tax Credit for Educators in Rural and Turnaround School Bills; Tim Tebow Bill Did Not Receive a Vote
  • Day 29 Report

Day 28, Part 1 (March 12, 2020)
  • Legislature & Many School Districts Suspend Indefinitely
  • Partial Report from PAGE
  • Senate & House Approve Changes to Amended FY 2020 Budget
  • House Passes REACH Scholarship Reduction
  • Senate Passes Whole Child, Period Products, and Career Academy Bills; Other Bills Did Not Receive a Vote

Day 27, Part 2 (March 10, 2020)
  • Busy Day at the Capitol – Partial Report from PAGE
  • New Adjournment Resolution – Sine Die April 2
  • Senate Passes Educator Evaluation Legislation and Several Other Education Bills
  • House Ed Committee Passes Child Entertainer and Whole Child Bills
  • House Committee Hears Bill Exempting Schools from Paying Plant Vogtle Financing Costs Up Front

Day 27, Part 1 (March 10, 2020)
  • Busy Day at the Capitol – Partial Report from PAGE
  • Senate Approves Controversial Voucher Bill
  • House Passes FY 2021 Budget Reducing Educator Pay Raise from $2,000 to $1,000 for 2020-2021
  • House Passes Flat Tax Income Tax Reduction
  • Family Leave and Bill Allowing Home Schooled Students to Enroll in College & Career Academies Pass

Day 26 (March 9, 2020)
  • Senate Scheduled to Vote Tomorrow Morning on Harmful School Voucher Bill – Your Help Needed
  • House Appropriations Cuts Proposed Educator Pay Raise from $2,000 to $1,000
  • PAGE Responds to Proposed Pay Raise Reduction & Proposed Income Tax Cut – Vote Expected Tomorrow – Contact Reps Now
  • COVID-19 Press Conference

Day 25 (March 5, 2020)
  • Teacher Evaluation Review, REACH Scholarship Reductions, and Homeschool Legislation Pass House Ed
  • Senate Ed Passes College Entrance Exam, and College and Career Academy Bills
  • House Begins Conference Committee Process for Amended Fiscal Year Budget; Approves Bill Expediting IEP Review for Foster Care Students
  • Senate Approves Bill Defining ‘On-Time’ Graduation Rate
  • Senate Committee Approves Career Academy Bill

Day 24 (March 4, 2020)
  • Senate Committee Approves Voucher Expansion Bill
  • House Committee Revises Proposed Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers
  • Senate Committee Passes Teacher Evaluation Bill, Work-Based Learning Bill, and Others
  • Senate Committee Holds Bill Allowing Police Departments Operated by School Districts to Use Speed Detection Devices

Day 23 (March 3, 2020)
  • Senate Passes Bill Reducing the Number of High-Stakes Assessments
  • Charter School, Retirement, School Allotment, & Dual Enrollment Bills Pass House
  • Bill Allowing Homeschooled Students to Participate in Public School Sports & Extracurriculars Moves Forward
  • House Judiciary Subcommittee Hears Bill on Criminalizing the Sharing of Obscene Materials in Public Schools
  • House Subcommittee Approves Cuts to Need-Based Financial Aid Program

Day 22 (March 2, 2020)
  • Senate Committee Approves Amended FY 2020 Budget
  • Senate Ed Holds College & Career Academies & School Impact Fee Legislation, Passes Whole Child Bill
  • Referendum on Daylight Saving Time Passes Senate

Day 21 (February 28, 2020)
  • Special Needs Private School Voucher Program Should Not Be Expanded Without An Evaluation
  • House Retirement Passes Teacher Return to Work Bill, Again

Day 20 (February 27, 2020)
  • Committee Examines Career Academy and Dual Enrollment Bills
  • House Ed Committee Passes Bills Including Legislation Expediting IEP Review for Foster Care Students

Day 19 (February 26, 2020)
  • Senate Ed Hears Controversial Voucher Bill
  • House Higher Education Committee Has Hearing on Bill Providing Stipends for Teachers in Rural and Turnaround Schools
  • PSC Budget, Student Transportation Funding Discussed at Committee Hearing

Day 18 (February 25, 2020)
  • Harmful Voucher Bill in Senate Committee Tomorrow – Gear Up for Advocacy
  • Hearing on Daylight Saving Time Referendum
  • Senate Passes Bill Allowing Teacher Retirement System to Invest in Alternative Investments
  • House Academic Achievement Subcommittee Passes Charter School “Clean-Up” Bill

Day 17 (February 24, 2020)
  • ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Senators and Ask Them to Oppose Private School Vouchers
  • Senate Education and Youth Committee Passes Bill Cutting Back High Stakes Testing
  • Senate Passes Bill to Annually Review Tax Credits

Day 16 (February 21, 2020)
  • Two New Private School Voucher Bills Could Carry Big Cost
  • New Proposal to Reduce State Assessments
  • Your Input Needed on Educational Impact of Daylight Saving Time
  • Georgia School Nurses Association and Georgia STOMP Webinar for School Nurses on Feminine Hygiene Product Distribution

Day 15 (February 20, 2020)
  • Houses Passes TRS USG Bill
  • Charter School Allotment Bill Passes Subcommittee
  • House Education Committee Passes Bill Renaming Voucher Program

Day 14 (February 19, 2020)
  • House Approves Revised 2020 Budget
  • House Does Not Move TRS Bill
  • Senate Retirement Committee Passes TRS Alternative Investment Bill
  • Senate Education Committee Considers Raising Age of Compulsory Attendance

Day 13 (February 18, 2020)
  • PAGE Day on the Hill 2020
  • Retirement Committee Hears But Doesn’t Vote on Controversial TRS Bill
  • House Appropriations Committee Approves Revisions to the 2020 Budget
  • House Education Subcommittee Passes Foster Care IEP Bill

Budget Hearing and Committee Report (February 14, 2020)
  • Kemp Presses for Statewide Educator Raises During News Conference at McEachern HS
  • Amended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Moves Forward in the House
  • Senate Begins Review of Amended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
  • House Appropriations Education Subcommittee Examines Educator Retirement
  • Senate Education and Youth Committee Hears Coach Safely Act & CAPS Program Bill

Legislative Budget Analysis (February 12, 2020)

Day 12 (February 5, 2020)
  • Budget Disagreement Under Gold Dome – Calendar Reset
  • Education Appropriations Committee Examines Gov. Kemp’s Proposed FY 2021 Budget
  • Vaping Bill Clears Senate Subcommittee

Day 11 (February 4, 2020)
  • TRS Bill Held – Now Limits COLAs to Once Annually for All Educators & Prohibits Use of Unused Sick Leave Toward Retirement for New Hires
  • Gov. Kemp Holds Press Conference Announcing Rollback of High-Stakes Testing
  • Return-to-Work Bill Gains Committee Approval

Day 10 (February 3, 2020)
  • Alterations to the Teacher Retirement System Would Constrain Cost Growth and Future Educator Benefits – Action Alert
  • Senate Finance Committee Takes Steps toward Improved Fiscal Transparency

Day 9 (January 31, 2020)
  • Short Day for the House and Senate
  • HB 109, the TRS Bill from 2019, Resurrected for Committee Hearing on Tuesday

Day 8 (January 30, 2020)
  • Educator Pay Raise Controversy
  • Joint House and Senate Ed Committee Explores Student Literacy, Top 10 Ed Issues & More
  • House Education Committee Assigns Legislation to Subcommittee
  • New Regulations on Vaping Proposed

Day 7 (January 29, 2020)
  • Lawmakers Debate Student Loan Forgiveness Bill for Teachers
  • Education Agency Staff Describe Cuts to the Amended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
  • Retirement Committee Hears Bill Allowing TRS to Invest in Alternative Investments

Day 6 (January 28, 2020)
  • Senate Passes Revised Dual Enrollment Bill
  • House Retirement Passes Bill Eliminating University System Payment to TRS; Holds Return to Work Legislation for Edits

Day 5 (January 27, 2020)

House Subcommittee Passes School Safety Plan Development Exemption

Day 4 (January 16, 2020)
  • Kemp Delivers State of the State and Releases Proposed Budget
  • Salary Hike for Educators
  • QBE Protected but Budget Cuts Loom
  • Senate Higher Ed Committee Passes Bill Changing Dual Enrollment

Day 3 (January 15, 2020)
  • Renewed Discussion about Changes to Dual Enrollment Program
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission Presents to House Higher Ed Committee

Day 2 (January 14, 2020)
  • House Retirement Hears Controversial TRS Bill
  • 2020 PAGE Legislative Priorities

Day 1 (January 13, 2020)
Pushing for a Third Private School Voucher Program