GAE Legislative Summary : The 2014 General Assembly saw an overall improved position for public education but improved from what is the key question. After 10 years of debilitating austerity cuts, 2014 was the first year of some funding restoration to public education and controls for enrollment expansion. The overall revenue position for the state was steady— nominal growth— but legislators expanded tax credits and tax exemptions in essence decreasing long-term revenue collection. Admittedly, lawmakers have funded student enrollment growth (as required by law) as well as fully funded the state budget portion of retirement investment for teachers. After discussion and review of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS), no legislative action was taken in 2014. The Georgia Association of Educators supports and recommends legislation as well as policy rules that ensure each child in Georgia has access to quality public education and each educator is treated professionally. We support or oppose legislation that has bearing on the delivery of that promise and use our legislative priorities as our guiding principles. GAE’s advocacy on legislation is grounded in: • Enhancing educational programs to garner excellent academic outcomes for children by ensuring they www.gae.org | 7 receive the instructional time they need and working toward class sizes that support their learning. • Safe and secure public schools for both children and educators. • Ensuring the necessary resources are in place to staff and create a safe and encouraging learning environment. • Supporting the work of educators with comprehensive benefits that improve quality of life. • Educators being treated professionally and fairly • Identifying opportunities for educators to have a voice in the decisions that impact public education. The 2014 legislative session concluded on March 20th with a bang. And we mean that literally, with the passage of SB 60 the “guns everywhere bill” on the 40th day. However, public education in Georgia can claim a few serious victories this session.
KNOW Summer 2014
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