School & District Management

Ethics Bill Highlights Ga. Session

By Ian Quillen — May 11, 2010 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

| GEORGIA | While the Georgia legislature passed a bill that would give Gov. Sonny Perdue the ability to remove school board members for ethical violations, the Republican governor’s biggest educational priority this session—a plan that would tie student performance to teacher evaluations—failed to reach a final vote before legislators adjourned April 29.

Gov. Sonny Perdue
21 Democrats
34 Republicans
74 Democrats
105 Republicans
1.6 million

The evaluation proposal came in the wake of Georgia narrowly missing out on up to $400 million in round one of the federal Race to the Top Fund competition, which provides grant money to states for education reform efforts. The proposal was interpreted by analysts as an attempt to show Georgia’s willingness to enact significant education changes. But some angry teachers saw it as a large step toward performance pay, which they oppose.

The measure allowing the removal of incompetent or corrupt school leaders passed the Senate on April 21. Gov. Perdue pushed for the legislation after a 2008 situation when he was powerless to remove a board member in Clayton County, which subsequently lost its accreditation. The 50,000-student Clayton County district has since regained its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The ethics bill also establishes conflict of interest and nepotism guidelines for school board members and requires that they take ethics training.

The legislature also passed a $17.9 billion budget that slashes spending for schools and colleges by more than $600 million.

A version of this article appeared in the May 12, 2010 edition of Education Week as Ethics Bill Highlights Ga. Session


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
IT Management Webinar
Build a Digitally Responsive Educational Organization for Effective Digital-Age Learning
Chart a guided pathway to digital agility and build support for your organization’s mission and vision through dialogue and collaboration.
Content provided by Bluum
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Data Webinar
Drive Instruction With Mastery-Based Assessment
Deliver the right data at the right time—in the right format—and empower better decisions.
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Profession Webinar
How Does Educator Well-Being Impact Social-Emotional Awareness in Schools?
Explore how adult well-being is key to promoting healthy social-emotional behaviors for students. Get strategies to reduce teacher stress.
Content provided by International Baccalaureate

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Women Get Overlooked for the Superintendent's Job. How That Can Change
3 female superintendents spell out concrete solutions from their own experience.
4 min read
Susana Cordova, former superintendent for Denver Public Schools.
Susana Cordova is deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District and former superintendent for Denver Public Schools.
Allison V. Smith for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion You Can't Change Schools Without Changing Yourself First
Education leaders have been under too much stress keeping up with day-to-day crises to make the sweeping changes schools really need.
Renee Owen
5 min read
conceptual illustration of a paper boat transforming into an origami bird before falling off a cliff
School & District Management Opinion Principals Are Running Scared. Here's How to Steady Them
Mentorship is an old idea with new currency, write the authors of a recent book on helping school leaders thrive.
Phyllis Gimbel & Peter Gow
5 min read
Illustration of a hand holding a flashlight to help guide a person out of a dark space
School & District Management With Teacher Morale in the Tank, What's the Right Formula to Turn It Around?
Higher pay is only part of the mix, education experts say.
3 min read
Image of Elementary students and teachers walking in a school hallway.