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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 1:31pm

Georgia Legislature Passes Bills

One the second to last day of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly Tuesday, lawmakers finished work on a number of bills.

The House gave passage to House Bill 115, which makes changes to Georgia’s law that allows for the removal of school board members from systems whose accreditation is in jeopardy.

It is the same law Governor Deal and State Board of Education used last month to remove six members of the DeKalb County School Board.

The changes include allowing the state board’s deliberations on whether to recommend board member removals to be behind closed doors.

Also, school board members who’ve been removed couldn’t use taxpayer dollars for their legal defense.

Finally, Students from school systems that have lost accreditation could still receive the HOPE Scholarship and Grant.

The House also gave final passage to House Resolution 4, which proposes to change the border of Georgia and Tennessee.

If the state of Tennessee accepts the move, Georgia would be able to access the waters of the Tennessee River in the northwest corner of the state. If Tennessee does not accept, the resolution calls for legal action.

In Georgia Senate, House Bill 284 received final passage. It calls for public schools, private schools and public recreational leagues to develop a “Return to Play” protocol to deal with concussions in youth sports.

The Senate also gave final passage to House Bill 244. It calls for school systems and charter schools to develop an evaluation system for teacher, assistant principals, principals and superintendents. The system would have to be setup by the 2014-2015 school year.

All four of the bills are now headed to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk.

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