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Click here to view video of the investigative report: Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don’t ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors. WXIA


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WXIA) – The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don't ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.

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Background: "Parent trigger," a concept first enacted in state legislation in California in 2010, lets the parents of students in a low-performing school collectively to petition the state or school district to allow for alternative school governance, like conversion to a charter school. Now enacted in a handful of states nationwide, parent trigger is supported by corporate backers like the Koch brothers.

  •  A bill, HB 123-also known as the "Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act"-has been introduced in the Georgia Legislature to allow a majority of parents (more than 50 percent) or a majority of


One of the nation's largest teachers unions wants to take the profession up a notch.

The American Federation of Teachers wants educators to take a tough written exam before they step into the classroom at schools across the country.

"We want to see our profession respected and if that's what it takes to earn the respect to attract highly qualified applicants then by all means that's what we need to do," said Ron Fowler of the Georgia Federation of Teachers (GFT).

The whole idea is to raise the bar to ensure kids get the best education possible.

Teachers in Georgia do test


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Georgia Leads the Country in Growth on National Tests
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Nov. 1, 2012 -- Georgia leads the country when looking at year-to-year growth on the most recent national tests. One-year growth on the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Math, Reading and Science shows Georgia is the only state in the country to make

AFTPA President Ted Kirsch said the new PA pension report was once-sided and misleading in a radio interview with Labor Radio Show Host Rick Smith Tuesday night. Listen to the audio here. Click the headline to read more.


The Georgia Federation of Teachers met with Executive Director, Jeffrey L. Ezell of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia on March 26, 2012 to discuss the steps that TRS is taking to maintain financial security, stability and sustainability.