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Legislative News Alert

Governor Perdue sent out the following letter to school superintendents in December 2008. He plans to introduce legislation that would temporary lift the expenditure controls on media center funds until June 30, 2010.

December, 2008

As you know, the state’s current budget situation is challenging us all to find innovative solutions to the revenue downturn. The Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch are committed to working together to make the challenge less difficult for local school systems. Therefore, I have authorized and will implement the following steps:

1. I have requested that the State Board of Education grant all reasonable class size waiver requests during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. The Georgia Department of Education will be sending a memorandum to all local superintendents explaining the steps that will be taken to work with superintendents during this challenging time.

2. In January 2009, I will introduce as part of my legislative package temporary waivers of the expenditure controls found in OCGA §§ 20-2-167 (site-based direct instruction, media center, and staff development controls) and 20-2-184.1 (additional days of instruction controls). The legislation would make the waivers effective July 1, 2008 and would continue in force until June 30, 2010.

I trust these proposals will help give you some additional tools for addressing the challenges confronting all of us. I have been discussing these proposals with the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and I look forward to working with them to address these issues during the 2009 Legislation Session. I will continue to work with legislative leaders, the State Board of Education, and the State Superintendent of Schools to ensure that local school systems are given the flexibility they need. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hames, Education Policy Advisor, at 404-656-1784 or ehames@gov.state.ga.us.

Governor Sonny Perdue