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- Both chambers of the Georgia Legislature passed a school bus safety bill that would undo a so-called "inadvertent" change to the law last year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. A previous bill seemed to ease up on a requirement to stop when a school bus is boarding or unboarding in the oncoming lane, and Senate Bill 25 would require vehicles to stop unless there's a grass median, unpaved area or physical barrier.
- The state Senate passed a comprehensive dyslexia bill that would provide for dyslexia screenings and require the state's Department of Education to implement dyslexia guidance and training.
- Another bill has been compared to vouchers in other states. House Bill 301 would create education scholarship accounts, which would allow recipients to take the state's piece of funding for their local district and use it to attend the education program of their choice.
- Multiple education issues are on the Georgia General Assembly’s radar for its 2019 legislative session, which began Jan. 14. As is the case in many other states, teacher pay raises — a campaign promise of new Republican Gov. Brian Kemp — are likely to be discussed.
- State Rep. Debra Bezemore, D-Riverdale, filed a bill that moves to waive the state’s tax on feminine products, as well as mandate that the state’s health and sex ed curriculum include instruction on proper use of tampons and the dangers of toxic shock syndrome.
- Ahead of the session's start, a group of legislators proposed a set of recommendations to help dyslexic students.
- Expanding broadband access to rural areas is also expected to be a major priority among lawmakers.