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Ga. Senate OKs bill on teacher hiring
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Georgia senators wasted no time getting to work this morning, spending more than an hour debating a bill that would affect hiring policies in school districts statewide.

Despite a move by some senators to table a discussion on Senate Bill 184, which would ban local school districts from implementing a "last in, first out" policy for local school districts facing budget restraints, the bill passed the chamber with a 38-15 vote. Flowery Branch Republican Butch Miller moved to keep the discussion going and voted in favor of the bill Monday morning.

He said the bill kept bad policies out of local school districts while keeping local authority in tact.

While the bill does not mandate other hiring or firing procedures, it does set a standard for what the procedure should not be, Miller said.

Senators also passed a bill out of the chamber that gives the states school superintendent the same authority as other department heads in the state, granting the power to hire and fire amongst departments

"It's good business," said Miller.