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Early education researchers give Georgia high marks for lottery-funded pre-K programs

Georgia’s pre-K program ranks ninth in the U.S. for enrollment rates but trails in state spending, reflecting a mixed record on early childhood education priorities. A pending increase in funding could enhance the state’s program, positioning it to meet all recommended quality benchmarks, according to the latest findings by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Critics pan Georgia Power fossil fuel plans ahead of state PSC hearing

During a hearing, a Georgia Power representative urged the Public Service Commission to support a stipulated agreement that offers financial protection for ratepayers, despite criticisms that the company’s plans are unrealistic and could increase its carbon footprint. Critics argue that replacing the expanded use of fossil fuels with more renewable energy in the plan could prevent significant environmental impacts.

Georgia to strengthen property owners’ rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers have passed the Squatters Reform Act, aiming to shift the legal treatment of illegal occupancy from a civil to a criminal matter, enabling property owners to more swiftly remove unauthorized occupants. The legislation, which awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature, mandates squatters to produce valid occupancy documentation within three days or face criminal trespass charges, streamlining the process for property owners to reclaim their rights.

Trump plans Atlanta fundraiser this month as Georgia GOP 2020 campaign allies plan to share stage

Former President Donald Trump is planning a return to Georgia for a high-cost fundraiser luncheon in Atlanta, joined by notable supporters such as former U.S. senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, amid the intensifying presidential campaign. This event is part of a broader strategy to bridge the financial gap with the Biden campaign, which currently holds a significant fundraising lead ahead of the November election.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.

Bill criminalizing AI use in deceptive election ads advanced by Georgia Senate panel

In an effort to curb the use of AI in election influence, the Georgia Senate is on the brink of passing HB 986. This bill has gained attention for featuring an AI-generated voice of Republican Sen. Colton Moore of Trenton, who questions the ethics of using personal characteristics against one’s will, sparking a debate on First Amendment rights and the regulation of AI-generated content in political campaigns.