ATLANTA — Local school districts will no longer be responsible for keeping up with what students are enrolled in home school programs under a bill passed by the Georgia Senate.
The Senate voted 41-9 on Monday on legislation that would move that responsibility to the state Department of Education. The legislation now goes to the governor's desk.
The bill is part of recommendations made by a commission created by Gov. Nathan Deal to overhaul how the state funds education. Education department spokesman Matt Cardoza said the change will reduce the burden of paperwork for cash-strapped local school districts.
The legislation also calls for parents whose children are skipping school to receive notice by certified mail before they are prosecuted for violating the state's truancy law.