Two major pieces of legislation impacting the state's education and workforce pipeline were addressed this week. On Monday May 2, Governor Nathan Deal signed a record $23.7 billion budget into law
Two major pieces of legislation impacting the state's education and workforce pipeline were addressed this week. On Monday May 2, Governor Nathan Deal signed a record $23.7 billion budget into law which includes more than $8.9 billion for the Department of Education. Among the largest line items in the funding package is a $300 million commitment to reverse teacher pay cuts and provide a 3% raise. The budget also includes funding for new education priorities such as the "Move on When Ready" program that allows high school students to be dual enrolled in colleges and universities earning credit while still competing the high school graduation requirements. A list of important line items can be found below:
In addition to the 2017 Budget above, the Governor also signed a piece of major work-based legislation, House Bill 402, allowing businesses that participate in work-based learning partnerships to receive a 5 percent discount on worker compensation premiums. These partnership programs allow high school students to receive academic credit for participating in a structured program at a participating employer during part of their regular school day.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber has been focused on several education and workforce initiatives that integrate necessary job skills with traditional education requirements to ensure students' talents meet employers' needs when they graduate.