Will Georgia Abandon ’65 Rule’ for Classroom Spending?

A state education finance commission composed of lawmakers and others inside the learning game has recommended Georgia abandon the “65 rule” that mandated school districts spend that percentage of state funds on classroom instruction.  “It doesn’t have any relevance to academic performance,” said commission co-chair Senator Fran Millar. Millar carried the 65 percent rule bill during former Governor Sonny Perdue’s administration as one more idea to improve learning in classrooms statewide.  Despite what he described as the 65 rule’s “well-intended impact,” state school Superintendent John Barge agreed with Millar that, … Continue Reading →

White House Gives States Less “No Child Left Behind”

No Child Left Behind has moved one step closer toward No Longer Totally Relevant. President Barack Obama ‘s administration used the White House briefing room on Monday afternoon to announce that states may apply for waivers to avoid 2014 testing mandates in NCLB.  State school superintendent John Barge said Georgia will apply for the waiver. No Child Left Behind was the education initiative of President George W. Bush.  It was modeled on a program enacted during his term as Texas governor.  It requires that 100 percent of public school students … Continue Reading →