{child_flags:featured}Clayton County schools outline priorities for ’20 General Assemby

{child_byline}By Heather Middleton

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JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools announced its legislative priorities for the 2020 General Assembly.

The list was presented to the Clayton County delegation last week.

Priority 1: Support full Quality Basic Education funding and increase education funding.

♦ Increased revenue for salaries and rising costs of employee benefits and Teacher Retirement System.

♦ Oppose efforts that would remove or diminish funds for K-12 public schools.

♦ Increased early learning funding to expand PreK participation to communities.

♦ Increased funding for mental health to address the many issues that plague our students in CCPS.

♦ School safety officers in every building and mandated active shooter training for all school system employees and students.

♦ Increased funding for special education services for all schools so that students with disabilities can be appropriately identified and served.

Priority 2: Support efforts to discontinue ongoing changes to the State’s Accountability System.

Priority 3: Support for Clayton County to benefit from Hartsfield Jackson Airport like Fulton County by lowering population threshold that prevents Clayton from benefitting from certain tax options.

Priority 4 — Advocate for policies and laws that eliminate structures and systems that perpetuate and fortify poverty: encourage family-supporting wages; provide pathways to prosperity; remove barriers to access healthcare and education; reduce mobility rates.

Board member Mary Baker requested that testing for dyslexia be added to the district’s requests.

The Georgia General Assembly 2020 session begins on Jan. 13.

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