Starting January 1, 2014 student athletes will be better protected in gyms and on playing fields across Georgia. At least, that is the goal behind the Return to Play Act. The new state law requires schools give student athletes and their parents information about concussions. It also mandates that coaches pull a child from activity if he or she shows concussion symptoms.
If you missed the deadline, the extended deadline and even the grace period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you may be surprised to learn that you still have time to enroll in coverage. The federal government extended the original enrollment deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 and then even added an extra 24 hour window for consumers to sign up on Dec. 24.
Georgia educators will soon implement new programs for the state’s youngest students. Governor Nathan Deal announced Thursday the state was one of six to earn a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont were also awarded RTT-ELC grants.
The graduation rate in Georgia’s public high schools is up nearly two percent this year, according to figures released Wednesday. For the first time in three years, 71 percent of Georgia high school students received a diploma. This is the third year Georgia has used the adjusted Cohort Graduation rate, a more rigorous measure that allows the state to compare itself to the rest of the country.
Educators want the state to give them more flexibility to make budget and classroom decisions. That has been one of the consistent requests Representative Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, and others on the joint education committee have received as they have toured the state over the last few months.
The Cobb County Commission’s vote Tuesday to OK public funds for a new Atlanta Braves ballpark will mean higher taxes for businesses around the area where the stadium will be built. Longtime resistance to higher taxes in the county and in Georgia could mean public opposition to the project won’t end anytime soon.
A grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has announced he will run for Governor of Georgia. Jason Carter, a Democratic state Senator from Decatur, near Atlanta, filed paperwork Thursday to become Deal’s highest profile challenger. He seeks to unseat incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal at a time when Democrats hold no statewide offices in Georgia.
Georgians will be paying about $101 million more in Medicaid costs next year. According to the state Department of Community Health (DCH), the additional expenses are due to changes to the program under the Affordable Care Act.
Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. In two special elections, they were there to elect two new state lawmakers. Both Representative Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senator Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, stepped down from their positions earlier this fall to run for U.S. Congress.
Georgia is now officially the number one place to do business, according to Site Selection magazine. Gov. Nathan Deal announced the ranking at the state Capitol Monday, touting it as one more fulfilled campaign promise. But critics call the designation ‘meaningless,’ saying it doesn’t give an accurate description of Georgia’s economic health.