RESOLUTION TO REPEAL EDUCATION LAWS THAT UNDERMINE LOCAL AUTHORITY AND REQUIRE SCHOOL RATING SYSTEMS TO BE BASED ON NON-ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS OR IMPLEMENTATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

RESOLUTION AS PASSED, GEORGIA 3RD DISTRICT

WHEREAS, the state Constitution gives the General Assembly the power to make all laws not inconsistent with the Georgia State Constitution, and not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States, which it shall deem necessary and proper for the welfare of the state; and

 

WHEREAS, local boards of education are responsible for ensuring that schools are rated on objective criteria related to the academic performance of students in reading, mathematics, writing and verifiable science; and

 

WHEREAS, the state Constitution grants authority to county and area boards of education to establish and maintain public schools within their limits; (Section V, paragraph 1) and

 

WHEREAS, each school system shall be under the management and control of a board of education, the members of which shall be elected as provided by law; (Section V, paragraph 2) and

 

WHEREAS, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 410 in 2012 without constitutional authority to determine school rating scores based on criteria to be determined by the State, rather than local boards, to include non-academic measures and bonus points for federally sponsored programs such as Career Pathways, PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) programs, thereby bypassing the Constitutional authority of local boards of education and creating monopolies for these programs: and

 

WHEREAS, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 84 in 2010 without constitutional authority to constrain local board members from exercising their freedom of speech, disallowing the expression of dissenting views by board members after a vote; and

 

WHEREAS, the General Assembly shall not have the power to authorize any contract or agreement which may have the effect of or which is intended to have the effect of defeating or lessening competition, or encouraging a monopoly, which are hereby declared to be unlawful and void (Section VI, paragraph V, (c)) as they did in adopting the Common Core State Standards and subsequently the Georgia Standards of Excellence through the State Board of Education, with only slight variations for the purposes of implementing common assessments as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of the Georgia Republican Party urge the Legislature of the state of Georgia to repeal SB 410 as passed in 2012 and SB 84 as passed in 2010.

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that local school districts in the State of Georgia will be entitled to select tests used to rate the students attending public schools in Georgia that shall measure reading comprehension that spans all grade levels, math computation and problem solving ability that spans all grade levels, science based on the verified laws of science, true history, and the written use of standard English to include proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Local boards may select tests given to students in Georgia Public Schools that shall be limited to the verified academic knowledge only.  The schools shall only be rated on student academic performance on these tests, without bonus points based on the characteristics of the learner or the implementation of federally sponsored programs.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, a copy of this resolution is to be delivered to the Honorable Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and disseminated to the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate for action.

Agreed to by the Delegation of the 3rd District of the Georgia Republican Party

Signed this ___th day of _________, 2017

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Convention Chairman                                                                   Convention Secretary

Changes made by the State Republican Party - We do not know who is responsible for these changes, this was submitted in time for the State Republican Convention but was not voted on.

RESOLUTION TO REPEAL EDUCATION LAWS THAT UNDERMINE LOCAL AUTHORITY

WHEREAS, the state Constitution gives the General Assembly the power to make all laws not inconsistent with the Georgia State Constitution, and not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States, which it shall deem necessary and proper for the welfare of the state; and

WHEREAS, local boards of education are responsible for ensuring that schools are rated on objective criteria related to the academic performance of students in reading, mathematics, writing and verifiable science; and

WHEREAS, the state Constitution grants authority to county and area boards of education to establish and maintain public schools within their limits;

WHEREAS, each school system shall be under the management and control of a board of education, the members of which shall be elected as provided by law;

WHEREAS, the General Assembly shall not have the power to authorize any contract or agreement which may have the effect of or which is intended to have the effect of defeating or lessening competition, or encouraging a monopoly, which are hereby declared to be unlawful;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of the State Republican Party urge the Legislature of the state of Georgia to repeal SB 410 as passed in 2012 and SB 84 as passed in 2010.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that local school districts in the State of Georgia will be entitled to select tests used to rate the students attending public schools in Georgia that shaIl measure reading comprehension that spans all grade levels, math computation and problem solving ability that spans all grade levels, science based on the verified laws of science, true history, and the written use of standard English to include proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Local boards may select tests given to students in Georgia Public Schools that shall be limited to the verified academic knowledge only. The schools shall only be rated on student academic performance on these tests, without bonus points based on the characteristics of the learner or the implementation of federally sponsored programs.

BE IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED  THAT,  a  copy of  this  resolution is to be  delivered to  the  Honorable  Governor  of Georgia  Nathan  Deal,  Lieutenant  Governor  Casey Cagle,  House Speaker  David Ralston  and  disseminated to  the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate for action.

Agreed to by the Delegation of the State Republican Party Signed this day of June 3rd 2017

Convention Chairman                                         

Convention  Secretary

 

Upon passage of this resolution at the State Convention or by State Committee we request this resolution shall be posted for a minimum of five years on the GAGOP website in a readily accessible location as a downloadable document.