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Legislative Roundup

Wednesday, January 6, 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.

 

ALABAMA

Legislative Session: February 2 – May 16

Education Issues:

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

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/default.aspx

News Reporter/Blogger
(Birmingham News): Marie Leech
@MarieLeech_news

 
FLORIDA

Legislative Session: January 12 – March 11

Education Issues:

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

http://leg.state.fl.us/

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

 
GEORGIA

Legislative Session: January 11-March 31

Education Issues:

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

 http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx

News Reporter/Blogger
(Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMaureen Downey
@AJCGetSchooled

 

KENTUCKY

Legislative Session: January 5 – April 12

Education Issues:

  • Charter schools
  • Higher education funding
  • School improvement funding

http://www.lrc.ky.gov

News Reporter/Blogger
Allison Ross @allisonsross


LOUISIANA

Legislative Session: March 14 – June 6

Education Issues:

  • School funding
  • Common Core
  • Non-cognitive testing

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/home.aspx

News Reporter/Blogger
Charles Lussier @Charles_Lussier

 

MISSISSIPPI

Legislative Session: January 5 – May 8

Education Issues:

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

http://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

News Reporter/Blogger
Kate Royals
@KRRoyals

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Legislative Session: April 25 – June 30

Education Issues:

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

http://www.ncleg.net

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


SOUTH CAROLINA

Legislative Session: January 12 – June 2

Education Issues:

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

http://www.scstatehouse.gov

News Reporter/Blogger
Cassie Cope @cassielcope

 

TENNESSEE

Legislative Session: January 12 – April 20

Education Issues:

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

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

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

 

TEXAS

Legislative Session: No regular session in even numbered years

Education issues:

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

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

News Reporter/Blogger
Tawnell Hobbs @Tawnell

  

VIRGINIA

Legislative Session: January 13 – March 12

Education Issues:

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

http://virginiageneralassembly.gov

News Reporter/Blogger
(Richmond Times DispatchKaren Kapsidelis @RTDNEWS

 


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