Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Democratic state lawmakers are focusing on, among other topics, educational opportunities in the 2013-2014 legislative season. Do you think they're focusing on the right thing?
This month the Georgia House Democratic Caucus offered its legislative agenda for 2013-2014. On Tuesday, they held a public hearing focusing on education. In a press release, House Democrats said their agenda "concentrates on supporting successful students, promoting empowered parents and securing stronger schools." -- What do you think about the House Democrats education agenda? Does it do enough or go too far? -- The bills presented include: Have school news or story idea you want to share, contact Local Editor Joy L. Woodson at Joy.Woodson@patch.com or 404-539-9256.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A report released in January names some Gwinnett County private schools as those receiving state dollars despite "anti-gay" policies. Do you think this is a fair practice in your community?
According to a report recently released by the Southern Education Foundation, some scholarship money generated through a Georgia tax credit program has been used at religious schools that ban gay, lesbian and bisexual students. And, those schools should not be given the public funding, the report asserts. At least two of the schools named in the report are located in Gwinnett County: In 2008, legislators established a tax credit program to allow individual and corporate taxpayers to contribute to qualified student scholarship organizations and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against their Georgia income tax liabilities. SSOs provide the funds to private schools for all or part of a student’s tuition. Although the amounts awarded to each…