Georgia lawmakers will gather under the Gold Dome in a few months for the 2024 session of the General Assembly. Education issues are sure to be among the hot topics again in 2024 – including school safety which has already been listed as a priority by Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Burt Jones. Monday, the Georgia Department of Education announced their priorities, which also include school safety, as well as strengthening instruction, elevating the teaching profession, funding education and expanding opportunities for students.

Recently, Jones presented a legislative proposal that will include a plan for the state to pay teachers an extra $10,000 a year if they volunteer to undergo firearms training and then arm themselves in the classrooms to enhance school safety and security. In their priorities for protecting students and supporting families, the DOE did not mention this proposal, although one of their priorities includes establishing a line-item funding for school safety. 

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