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Legislative Roundup

Wednesday, January 06, 2016  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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SAIS recently took a look at the hot education issues facing state legislators in 2016. Here is a roundup from the Southeast.



Legislative Session: February 2 – May 16

Education Issues:

  • Alabama Accountability Act Scholarships
  • Gifted Education Program funding
  • Charter schools

News Reporter/Blogger
(Birmingham News): Marie Leech


Legislative Session: January 12 – March 11

Education Issues:

  • Progress Monitoring
  • Assessments/New grading system
  • Best and Brightest bonus program

News Reporter/Blogger
(Tampa Bay Times): Thomas Tobin @ThomasCTobin
(Tallahassee Democrat): Amanda Claire Curcio @MandaCurcio
(Miami Herald): Adrianne Richardson @theschoolscene


Legislative Session: January 11-March 31

Education Issues:

  • Merit pay for teachers
  • Charter districts vs. strategic waivers
  • A-F school grading system

News Reporter/Blogger
(Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMaureen Downey



Legislative Session: January 5 – April 12

Education Issues:

  • Charter schools
  • Higher education funding
  • School improvement funding

News Reporter/Blogger
Allison Ross @allisonsross


Legislative Session: March 14 – June 6

Education Issues:

  • School funding
  • Common Core
  • Non-cognitive testing

News Reporter/Blogger
Charles Lussier @Charles_Lussier



Legislative Session: January 5 – May 8

Education Issues:

  • Education reform
  • Charter school expansion
  • District consolidation
  • Appointed school superintendents

News Reporter/Blogger
Kate Royals



Legislative Session: April 25 – June 30

Education Issues:

  • Higher education construction funding
  • Review of academic standards
  • Teacher raises

News Reporter/Blogger
(The News & ObserverJane Stancill @janestancill
(The CharlotteObserverAnn Doss Helms @anndosshelms


Legislative Session: January 12 – June 2

Education Issues:

  • Reapportionments for districts
  • Funding for schools, buses and textbooks
  • Tax credits for special needs students

News Reporter/Blogger
Cassie Cope @cassielcope



Legislative Session: January 12 – April 20

Education Issues:

  • Assessment changes
  • Expansion of college scholarship program
  • Achievement School District reform

News Reporter/Blogger
Tim Omarzu @TimOmarzu
Jason Gonzalez @ByJasonGonzales



Legislative Session: No regular session in even numbered years

Education issues:

  • Higher education strategic plan
  • Funding
  • Expanding state pre-k programs

News Reporter/Blogger
Tawnell Hobbs @Tawnell



Legislative Session: January 13 – March 12

Education Issues:

  • Charter school expansion
  • Reforms to state tests
  • Discipline reform
  • Funding for new teachers

News Reporter/Blogger
(Richmond Times DispatchKaren Kapsidelis @RTDNEWS


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