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Early education researchers give Georgia high marks for lottery-funded pre-K programs

Georgia’s pre-K program ranks ninth in the U.S. for enrollment rates but trails in state spending, reflecting a mixed record on early childhood education priorities. A pending increase in funding could enhance the state’s program, positioning it to meet all recommended quality benchmarks, according to the latest findings by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Georgia election officials probe claims of Bibb County voting machine security breach

Election security concerns have escalated in Bibb County, Georgia, following claims by forensic analyst Benjamin Cotton of unauthorized examinations of Dominion Voting System components used in recent elections. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has launched an investigation into these allegations amidst broader scrutiny over the integrity of the state’s voting systems post-2020 elections.

Georgia to strengthen property owners’ rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers have passed the Squatters Reform Act, aiming to shift the legal treatment of illegal occupancy from a civil to a criminal matter, enabling property owners to more swiftly remove unauthorized occupants. The legislation, which awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature, mandates squatters to produce valid occupancy documentation within three days or face criminal trespass charges, streamlining the process for property owners to reclaim their rights.

School social media ban multiplies censorship

The “Protecting Georgia’s Children on Social Media Act of 2024” proposed by Georgia lawmakers seeks to ban all social media access within schools, raising significant concerns over censorship and infringement on students’ First Amendment rights. Critics argue that such a blanket restriction not only limits educational and expressive opportunities but also challenges established U.S. Supreme Court precedents protecting students’ rights to information and free speech.

Georgia Senate OKs bill to loosen limits on health care facilities, but talks ongoing

The Georgia Senate’s approval of a proposal to relax healthcare business regulations sets the stage for contentious negotiations, as Democrats vow to oppose it unless it includes full Medicaid expansion. While Republicans push forward, concerns linger among GOP lawmakers, highlighting the ongoing debate over healthcare access in the state.

School voucher bill emerges from Georgia House with more momentum than in past years

A contentious school voucher bill, endorsed by influential Republican figures, successfully cleared the House with a 91-82 vote, setting the stage for potential approval in the Senate. Spearheaded by Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the bill proposes allocating $6,500 to parents of students attending underperforming public schools, aiming to provide alternative educational options such as private schooling or homeschooling.