With the close of Legislative Day 20 last Thursday, we are officially halfway through the 2016 legislative session! This has been a whirlwind of a session studying, debating and voting on legislation that will strengthen Georgia.
Zell Miller Scholarship for Home School Students
Education remains a top priority for me and for the General Assembly. Last week, the House passed HB 798 out of the House Higher Education Committee. This legislation allows home school students with high enough standardized test scores (93rd percentile – SAT of 1350 or ACT of 29) to be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship upon entering college rather than retroactively. This is in comparison to the requirement for students from public or private accredited schools to have an SAT or ACT at the 80th percentile (1200 or 26) and a 3.7 grade point average to receive the Zell Miller upon entering college.
Increasing Reporting Requirements for Courts involved with Abortions
During the week, we also passed an important piece of legislation that will continue the fight to defend life under the Gold Dome. House Bill 555 passed out of the House Insurance Committee on Wednesday and will provide for the reporting of certain statistics regarding juveniles seeking abortions without parental notice.
Grayson High School Standouts
Last Monday and Wednesday, the House of Representatives had the privilege to recognize some of Grayson High School’s outstanding students. With HR 1295, the General Assembly recognized Noah Wilson and Anna Scartz, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2016, for their outstanding academic achievements. HR 1310 honored Mr. Jeremy Mulkey for being named the 2016 STAR Teacher of Grayson High School and HR 1328 recognized Noah Wilson as the 2016 STAR student for Grayson. I am humbled to serve the great students and teachers across District 105. Keep up the good work!
House Study Committee on College Course Credit
Last Wednesday, I sponsored House Resolution 1311 to create a House Study Committee on College Course Credit. This committee would take a closer look at how courses that result in college credit benefit Georgia students and how we can make sure parents and students alike know the benefits of these classes.
Weighted Grade Point Averages for Advanced Courses in STEM
House Bill 6 passed out of the Higher Education committee last Tuesday. This bill will provide for weighted grade point averages above 4.0 for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses for purposes of determining eligibility for the HOPE scholarship for incoming freshmen. This legislation will hopefully provide incentives for Georgia students to take on the challenge of STEM courses to prepare for college and the ever-changing job market. I am glad to work with Representative Kendrick on this important education bill.
As crossover day and Sine Die approach, please do not hesitate to call (404.656.0254), e-mail (Joyce.chandler@House.Ga.Gov) or engage on Facebook with your feedback. It is an honor to represent you in the General Assembly and I look forward to seeing you soon.
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