GAE made several endorsements in the statewide primary elections on May 24. Among those GAE endorsed who won are:
Stacey Abrams, Democratic primary for governor
- Brian Kemp, Republican primary for governor
- Jen Jordan, Democratic primary for Attorney General
- Richard Woods, Republican primary for School Superintendent
Bee Nguygen, GAE’s endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary for Secretary of State, will be in a runoff election on June 21. GAE has endorsed Ms. Nguyen in the runoff election.
Runoff dates are June 21
Runoff elections to determine party nominees in races in which a candidate did not receive a majority of the votes in the May 24 primary will be held Tuesday, June 21.
To be eligible to vote in runoff elections in June:
- If you did not vote in the May 24 primary election, you still may vote in the party runoff election of your choice.
However, if you voted in party primary races on May 24, you may only vote in runoff elections for the party primary in which you participated. In other words, if you voted in the Democratic primary election on May 24, you may not vote in the Republican party runoff on June 21; you must vote in the Democratic runoff, if there is one.
In-person, early voting for runoff elections must have begun by June 13.
Check with your local registrar’s office for in-person, early-voting locations and hours (https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/countyregistrars.do) or by visiting the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page”. Look for the link at the top of the page entitled “Early voting polling locations and information.”
Polls are open on June 21 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Education-related bills signed by Gov. Kemp
The 40-day period during which the governor may sign or veto legislation adopted during the 2022 legislative session has passed. For a full report on bills the governor signed, see Legislative Update..
Legal Services News
Supreme Court Cases Worth Watching
Carson v. Makin. The Maine legislature enacted an assistance program to pay for students to attend public or private schools inside or outside of the state, in order to ensure that school-age children receive a free public education. Private schools labeled as sectarian by the state were not approved for funding. In 2018, a conservative law group funded a lawsuit against the state, alleging that the program requirement infringed on their First Amendment rights, including the free exercise of religion. States could be forced to fund public schools that promote and instill religious faith. The case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. A decision is due in the coming months. https://bit.ly/3MmPuhH
Students for Fair Admission v. President and Fellows of Harvard College; Students for Fair Admission v. the University of North Carolina. These cases have been consolidated. The plaintiffs seek to reverse affirmative action policies for college admissions. https://bit.ly/3x4l8e7
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. High school football coach Joseph Kennedy prayed at midfield following the conclusion of the games. The school district told Kennedy this violated school board policy and required him to stop so as not to violate the Constitution's establishment clause. Kennedy stated that he would not comply. The school district attempted to accommodate Kennedy's expressions, but Kennedy declined the offers and prayed on the field again after two more games. Kennedy was placed on administrative leave. Kennedy sued the school in U.S. district court for violating his right to free speech. The Court will decide later this year. https://bit.ly/3PXnow6
Rights At Night/GAE Facebook Live
Our Rights At Night seminars will be on hiatus until July. Please feel free to view past Rights at Night discussions by clicking here.
GAE Facebook Live will continue through the end of May and will resume in August. View past discussions here.
GAE rEd FOR ED WEDNESDAYS
Every Wednesday please wear RED in a show of solidarity among educators and education support professionals. It’s not about the R or the D, but the E – EDUCATION! Take pics, post them and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use hashtag #Redfored.
The GACE tests establish areas of basic skills competency and content certification, where applicable. The GAE Teacher Licensing Support Program helps prepare participants [professional and paraprofessional] for required Georgia [PSC] licensing tests. The Program is a comprehensive Web-based Preparation Study Course.
GAE knows that it is important that future teachers meet the requirements to obtain certification to teach, which includes earning a passing score on the Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators (GACE). For the last 20 years, GAE has offered workshops to help members prepare for the all-important GACE tests and is in planning to continue to offer those options.
For more information, visit gae.org/pd or contact GAE UniServ Director Skylar Nunley.
GAE’S IPD CADRE
The Georgia Association of Educators’ Instructional Professional Development Cadre develops and provides professional development needs of our members locally and throughout the state of Georgia. Current available topics are: Racial and Social Justice, Difficult Conversations, Teachers and Technology and Early Educators Toolbox. If you are interested in developing content for your area or one of the available topics for professional development, please contact GAE Executive Director Dr. Craig Carter at email@example.com.
If you are approaching retirement or have already taken the leap, remember that in order to maintain your valuable benefits from GAE and NEA, you must maintain your membership. You can join GAE/NEA - Retired either on an annual basis or lifetime basis for one flat fee. Please contact GAE - Retired President Toni Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
that your GAE Membership/ACCESS Card is perpetual. Current members will not receive a new one for each year. Should it be destroyed or lost, please contact the GAE Membership Department at email@example.com to request a digital replacement.
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