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2015 What to Expect in 2015 from the Georgia Legislature 10 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 4 The 2015 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly is shaping up to be another very difficult 40 days. Key items have already been identified. The Governor is already recognizing members for two committees that will have impact on public education. (1) A committee to review and update the Quality Basic Education (QBE) Act – the funding formula that has been in law since 1985 to fund Georgia’s public schools; and (2) A committee that will be charged with developing plans for a Statewide School Recovery District. We will not know the complete duties of these committees until the legislation is dropped, but the discussions are in process. Everyone in the public education arena should be concerned, as Georgia’s schools have sustained so much change over the past eight years. There has not been time to assess the results and to evaluate whether or not the outcomes of these changes have been good for students. The good news is state revenues continue to improve and we can and will urge the legislature and the Governor to fully fund public education in Georgia. According to Senator Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) Georgia’s revenues have been in growth mode all year.  “A solid 5.0% growth in September revenues completes a strong first quarter of FY15 with an over growth of 4.7% on total collections of $4.68 billion for the quarter.  The increase of $211.3 million for the three months is ahead of budget projections by $70.6 million.” This should


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