Today’s ajc.com contains two editorials representing different viewpoints on a bill that had the potential to drastically change Georgia’s high schools. Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed the bill this week.
Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) crafted the BRIDGE program, which started as its own bill but folded into another piece of legislation.
The bill would have created a grant program so participating high schools could offer majors focused around high-demand careers. Students would select a career track before starting high school. Classes would be offered at high schools, four-year or technical colleges or business apprenticeships.
Millar said his program, which would cost millions, would keep kids in school and improve the state’s graduation rate. He proposed using some federal stimulus money to pay it.
Bert Brantley, the governor’s press secretary, wrote there were concerns about the cost of the program and where the money would come from.
He also said the program would dramatically change education policy and that such a shift needs “a full debate and an honest recognition of the costs associated with them.”
We blogged about Millar’s bill during the session. Many of you liked the concept, but questioned how it would work.
What do you think of the governor’s decision to veto this bill? What kind of school reform debate should the governor and Legislature tackle next year?