The Georgia Senate passed the state’s school improvement bill Friday by a 38-17 vote, but not without a little excitement.

About 30 minutes before HB 338 — now called the First Priority Act — was scheduled to be called for a vote by the full Senate Friday, Sen. Hunter Hill tried to bring a scaled down version of his previous voucher bill back. It didn’t work out well for Hill. The amendment received only 14 votes in favor, while 38 opposed it.

There were two other amendments proposed, but both failed. Democratic Senate Leader Steve Henson posed an amendment that would have shifted the chain of command for the Chief Turnaround Around Officer from the State Board of Education to the elected state superintendent. It failed 20-34. 

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