Sen. Albers Co-Sponsors Parent Trigger Act

ATLANTA (February 11, 2011) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) has co-sponsored the Parent Trigger Act, which gives parents the power to intervene if their child’s school is failing to meet federal standards.  Senate Bill 68 allows a minimum of 50 percent of the school’s parents to sign a petition to require the local school board to implement certain reforms.

“This bill puts control over their child’s education back in the hands of parents,” said Albers.  “When school systems in this state are in danger of losing their accreditation or are embroiled in an ethics scandal, parents should have the power to step in and do something.  Improving Georgia’s education system will require cooperation from everyone, including teachers, school administrators and state officials, and this legislation guarantees parents a seat at the table.  At the end of the day, education is all about the kids, and we must focus on how to better prepare them for the future.”

The benchmarks that determine when a school is underperforming include when it fails to meet adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years in the same subject, or is a high school that has failed to graduate at least 60 percent of its students within four years of entering ninth grade for the past three years.

Albers is co-sponsoring the bill with Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock).  Similar legislation was passed in California last year.

Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton County. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at

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Sens. Albers and Ligon Introduce Bill to Stop Medicaid Fraud

ATLANTA (February 9, 2011) – Sens. John Albers (R-Roswell) and William Ligon (R-Brunswick) have co-sponsored a bill aimed at protecting taxpayer dollars from Medicaid fraud.  Using enhanced technology, Senate Bill 63 requires that Medicaid cards integrate a computer chip that includes a digital photograph and fingerprint of the card holder.  The use of smart card technology prevents such abuse as card sharing and phantom billing that cost U.S. taxpayers $60 billion a year. 

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Sen. Albers Encourages Students to Enter Contest

ATLANTA (January 26, 2011) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) announced today that middle and high school students are eligible to enter the statewide annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education. The contests “What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?” began in 1995 and include Music for the first time this year. Continue reading “Sen. Albers Encourages Students to Enter Contest”

Sen. Albers to Host Sandy Springs Town Hall Meeting

ATLANTA (January 24, 2011) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) will host a town hall meeting in Sandy Springs on Saturday, Jan. 29, where he will deliver a presentation of legislative updates.  Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session.  All residents of the 56th Senate District are invited to attend. 

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