CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
November 17, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345
Cobb Board of Education Presents
Legislative Priorities For 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education released its legislative priorities for the 2012 session. Board of Education Chair Alison Bartlett and Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa presented the priorities to Cobb County lawmakers during a joint meeting with the delegation on Nov. 14, 2011. Each year, the Board of Education identifies key issues and initiatives at the state level that affect public education in Cobb County and petitions the Governor and General Assembly to support these priorities. For 2012, the Board has focused on four distinct requests for the Legislature:
Reinstate Funding For Technical College Dual Enrollment
The District strongly supports the restoration of reciprocal funding for dual enrollment programs with local technical colleges to support efforts to reduce dropout rates and provide a better-prepared work force.
Maintain Employee Benefit Costs
In recent years employee benefit costs, especially health insurance, have increased significantly for school district employees. The Board of Education asks the state to assume a greater responsibility for keeping these costs in check, or to cover a higher percentage of the costs as they are passed on to employees.
Support Fractional Penny SPLOST
If allowed to collect Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax at less than 1 percent of every dollar, local school systems could meet needs for capital improvement with a smaller tax impact on Georgia residents.
Determine Local Impact Cost
Unfunded mandates are a burden on local school districts and the local taxpayers who must ultimately cover these costs. The following steps by the state Legislature would eliminate and prevent unfunded mandates:
- Establish a mandatory, minimum 12-month waiting period prior to implementation of state education legislation, except for budgetary items;
- Require a clear and complete description of their potential fiscal, operational and programmatic impact on local schools and school districts and;
- Require the review, within two years, of State Board of Education rules and mandates, in an effort to increase accountability while creating flexibility through the elimination of burdensome and outdated regulations.
The Board will continue to emphasize these priorities as they communicate with Cobb’s legislative delegates during the 2012 session, which begins in January. The District has also developed a brochure with supporting information and contact information for all of Cobb’s legislators,
available to download below.
the 2012 Legislative Priorities Brochure (PDF)