Repeal 33 laws, Ga. school-funding panel says

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 12:53 PM
Last updated 10:33 PM
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TUCKER, Ga. — More than 30 laws should be scrapped, and local school boards should collect some fines from people illegally passing stopped school buses, according to recommendations made Wednesday by the State Education Finance Study Commission.

The commission still hasn’t gotten to the heart of its assignment to propose a new way to fund public schools. Most observers predict a revision to the formula the state has used since the 1980s will be highly controversial because it will require a large tax increase unless funding is cut for wealthy suburban districts that typically elect Republicans like those controlling the government.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, who presides over the commissions subcommittee on funding, said Wednesday that no interim recommendations were forthcoming any time soon.

“We have another year, and there’s no money,” said Hill, R-Reidsville.

What the commission did do at its meeting was approve ideas from two other subcommittees. One called for repeal of 33 outdated laws dealing with obsolete technology or initiatives that have never been funded.

The other subcommittee submitting proposals looked at pupil transportation. It called for $150 million in more funding to account for a third of the buses used in the state’s districts that aren’t included in the current funding scheme.

It also called for allowing local districts to collect part of the traffic fines levied against motorists who don’t stop for boarding school buses. That money would cover the costs of installing cameras on the buses to capture the tags of violators.

One estimate quoted by the subcommittee suggests more than 4,000 violations occur each school day across Georgia.

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stillamazed 01/06/12 - 08:47 am
I think the cameras are a

I think the cameras are a great idea. I watched two cars zoom by a stopped school bus with the stop lights flashing on Belair Road Tuesday morning. If I could have seen the tag numbers I would have reported them, if they happen to read this shame on you.....

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/06/12 - 10:24 am
If stillamazed is speaking

If stillamazed is speaking about the four-to-six lane portions of Belair Rd., then I must post a contrarian comment. Belair Road/Dyess Pkwy. from Lowe's in Evans all the way to Fort Gordon is a major commuter thorofare. There is no good reason for a school bus to stop along that corridor. The school systems (and parents) have gotten into a lackadaisical approach to managing the bus systems. They will stop and pick up every kid at his/her house. This is wrong and dangerous. What they need to do is establish and publish set bus stops to which the kids must walk or be carried by their coddling parents. These bus stops must not be on busy streets.

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