Experts say that Georgia lawmakers missed opportunities for education reform this session – KPVI News 6

by | May 2, 2022 | Education

(The Center Square) — Georgia lawmakers missed an opportunity to pass education reform, including expanding access to education for students statewide, experts told The Center Square.”The biggest miss this legislative session was around education. Multiple bills were put forward that would have expanded access to education to all students in the state,” Corey Burres, vice president of communications for the Georgia Center for Opportunity, told The Center Square. “The Governor and the majority party in both houses have even listed it as one of their top platforms that they run on. But they failed to pass even one piece of substantial legislation that would expand options to students in the state.”Instead students wanting or needing access to a better educational option, especially coming out of the pandemic and tragic educational losses, have no option unless they are wealthy enough to afford it,” Burres said. “Once again what is best for students is sacrificed at the hands of political infighting and hurt feelings. It was frustrating to watch.”The legislative session wasn’t without some school reforms.Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp signed a series of bills he contends will protect students and increase transparency, including a measure to bar schools from teaching so-called “divisive concepts.” Critics derided the measures as unnecessary, saying they would exacerbate an existing teacher shortage.When lawmakers return for the next legislative session, they could continue working on a measure similar to one they considered this session, S …

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