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.