News of the Morning, 11.22.16

The Georgia Wonk’s Thought of the Day:

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows.

Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Education Glory be, bloodbag! The AJC reports that the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has ranked Georgia among the top schools “when it comes to encouraging high schools to focus on their high achievers.” Georgia, along with Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, and (gasp!) Alabama received four out of four stars, meaning we “use growth models that include high achievers at the high school level and make ‘growth for all students’ count for at least as much as achievement when calculating summative high school rankings.” (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Healthcare The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a Health Savings Account is not exempt from creditors in the event of bankruptcy. In a unanimous ruling, the court ruled “that a Georgia statute does not exempt health savings accounts from the bankruptcy estate, and these accounts are not a substitute for wages.” (via WALB News)

In other healthcare news, Navicent Health of Macon, Georgia is partnering with Mercer University’s law school and the Georgia Legal Services Program to “offer a team of legal, social and medical workers who will provide free civil legal services” to elderly or low-income patients. (via The Macon Telegraph)

And speaking of Navicent Health, the Macon Medical Center has been named the only hospital in the Southeastern United States to be verified as a Level One Trauma Center, meaning it’s available 24 hours per day and able to provide the most sophisticated level of care for trauma patients. Remember, the Georgia Wonk cannot recommend any activity that will result in your harm–but it can recommend that, if you do perform such activities, to do so in close proximity to the Medical Center. (via The Macon Telegraph)

Immigration And also education, I suppose. Georgia State and Augusta say they will “consider admitting immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status, starting in the spring of next year.” There is a rule in question, Policy 4.1.6, which states (via the Board of Regents Policy Manual):

A person who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any University System institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants (except for cases in which applicants were rejected for non-academic reasons).

Since Georgia State and Augusta apparently have met that requirement, they will be consider accepting non-legal applicants. There are lawsuits brewing, people, so we’ll keep an eye on this one for you. (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Gambling On the one hand, Georgia might legalize gambling. On the other hand, nobody seems to know what to do with the money, or even how much it would bring in. (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Courts The Warner Robins Municipal Court (traffic tickets and misdemeanors) building is moving to North Davis Drive, where it will pay $300,000 this year and $300,000 next year for a vacant building. (via The Macon Telegraph)

 



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