ATLANTA (AP) -- The list of bills came straight from the GOP
playbook: vouchers, charter schools, teacher performance, parental
But each one failed this year, even with a near super-majority
for the Republican party under the Gold Dome.
Political observers say the bills fell victim to an ongoing
power struggle in the state Senate leadership and a Legislature shy
about passing any measures that could be perceived as costing
cash-strapped school districts more money. And the measures were
overshadowed by a scramble by state lawmakers to cut back spending
by the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program and prekindergarten
Georgia's legislative session lasts two years, which means any
bills that didn't pass this year can be revived when lawmakers
return in January.