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New report: School police officers need better training so girls of color feel safe

A report released ... examines the rise of school-based police officers, their latitude in deciding whether to send students to the principal’s office or juvenile court and the consequences to girls of color.  The  report, “Be Her Resource: A Toolkit about School Resource Officers and Girls of Color,” builds on a report earlier this year from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality...  Read AJC Get Schooled

GAE troubled by Gov.’s effort to change portions of the state’s ESSA plan

“GAE has been fighting what we call ‘toxic testing’ for many years.  What Gov. Deal is asking could take us back to the days of over-use and over-emphasis of high-stakes standardized testing that had become ‘toxic' to our students. The open input period from which Georgia citizens, including thousands of teachers, commented and participated in feedback sessions and online surveys, clearly indicated they wanted to move on from that requirement."  Read more
Developing a Plan for Georgians, by Georgians | ESSA Practice Guides

July 21, 2017

Cedartown Educator to Receive NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence

The NEA Foundation has announced that Joshua Bearden, a 5th grade educator at Northside Elementary School in Cedartown, Ga., is one of 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C. Read More
July 18, 2017

Grady BOE approves $50,000 settlement for fired guidance counselor

"On behalf of the Georgia Association of Educators, this is a win for fair dismissal and the constitutional right of due process of Georgia educators," Oinonen said. "All local boards of education should follow the leadership of Grady County in affording their charter school teachers fair dismissal and the right to appeal to the State Board of Education." Read More
June 15, 2017

Georgia releases draft ESSA plan

The draft was posted publicly to give all interested stakeholders time to review the plan and provide their feedback.

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Volume 15, Issue 2:
Meet Georgia's Teacher and Principal of the Year, Read about 33 Ways To Start The First Year Off Right, 2017 GAE Legislative Highlights, GAE Special Election, Scenes from the NEA RA, and more!

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ATTENTION ESPs! Webinar:
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GAE Webinars: Local Affiliate Tax Exempt Reporting

This information is to assist GAE leaders on completing the IRS 1024 and 8718 forms.