The Henry County Schools Board of Education believes that all students can achieve at high levels when they are provided with the support and resources necessary to pursue their goals.
Through the following 2023 legislative priorities, we collectively advocate for policies that directly improve the school experience for students, improve the work environment for education professionals, and safeguard and advance the system of public education in Henry County, Georgia.
To ensure SUPPORTIVE, SAFE, AND SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, we urge legislators to:
- Revise the QBE allotment formula to include at least one School Resource Officer per school and to ensure adequate professional resources and ongoing officer training
- Increase funding that enables districts to invest in and sustain enhanced technologies to monitor potential threats.
- Fully invest in transportation services including bus driver salary and benefits and modernizing bus fleets.
To support STUDENT AND STAFF WELLNESS, we urge legislators to:
- Revise the QBE allotment formula to ensure the sustained provision of at least one student support/ mental health professional for every K-12 school.
- Modify the QBE allotment formula to improve the student ratio for school counselor allocations.
To provide FUNDING, FLEXIBILITY, AND SUPPORT FOR EDUCATOR PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT and RETENTION, we urge legislators to:
- Continue competitive investment in teacher salaries and the Teacher’s Retirement System as a mechanism to attract and retain quality educators in the field.
- Allow additional flexibility for retirees to return to work, including serving as new teacher supervisors and mentors.
- Allocate funds to pilot “grow your own” teacher preparation programs across Georgia.
- Modify QBE formula to improve the student ratio for teacher allocations.
- Act on recommendations emerging from the Teacher Burnout Report including;
- investing in teacher mentorship for 0-3 years,
- preserving teacher planning time, and
- restoring local flexibility and streamlining state-required processes in order to attract and retain a highly effective workforce.
- Target funding for dual enrollment limits and/or apprenticeships when associated with innovative community workforce pipeline partnerships; examples include nursing, respiratory therapy, public safety, fire and rescue, and emergency management.
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