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2020 Legislative & Policy Priorities
The Fulton County Board of Education is committed to the vision that all students will learn to their full potential. To meet this vision, we petition the Fulton Legislative Delegation, the General Assembly, and the Governor to address fiscal management, educational funding, and local control issues during the 2020 legislative session. We ask lawmakers to consider the following recommendations.
Reduce Mandated Testing
Fulton County Schools requests that the state legislature amend O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281 permitting accelerated students to take the end-of-grade (EOG) or end-of-course (EOC) test for the grade or course in which they are enrolled rather than the test associated with the student's age or grade level. Following the Georgia State Board of Education's action to eliminate the requirement for EOC tests for students who complete related AP and IB courses, FCS would further recommend exempting students demonstrating proficiency on the ACT or SAT exam in that subject area. Fulton County Schools requests that Georgia require no more testing than those mandated under federal law.
Teacher and Leader Evaluations
Fulton County Schools strongly advocates for a state teacher and leader evaluation system that significantly reduces the weighting of student test scores as an indicator in identifying effective teachers and leaders.
Fulton County Schools supports any legislation that safeguards the revenue sources that enable our students to graduate and succeed on their chosen paths, and allows for effective stewardship of local, state, and federal funds. We request legislation be introduced that amends Article IX, Section V, Paragraph V of the Constitution and related statutes to allow that temporary loans for governing authorities be payable on or before twelve months from the date of the loan.
Fulton County Schools supports fully funding K-12 education with a funding formula that prioritizes and promotes equity for all students. We believe any new formula should appropriately identify and adequately fund economically disadvantaged students and reflect the District’s commitment to identifying and working towards better mental health for students.
Prior to any annexation, Fulton County Schools requests that school districts be given advance notice, an opportunity to share an impact statement, and the ability to object to the annexation.
Fulton County Schools urges that the state legislature address the use of vapes/e-cigarettes among school-aged youth by limiting the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, at a minimum.