Georgia Legislature Passes Brenau Student-inspired Bill to Extend Education Benefits to Military Families

Brenau Business Professor, Dr. David Miller.
Brenau Business Professor, Dr. David Miller.

It started as an idea from four Brenau University students. It caught the attention of Georgia lawmakers who thought it would be a good bill. It has now been approved by the General Assembly and could soon be signed into law.

The Georgia Senate voted 35-8 Tuesday to pass House Bill 62, a bill that helps special needs children whose parents are on active military service obtain state scholarships to attend private schools that specialize in educating these students.

HB 62 was initially developed last year as a class project in a public policy course taught by Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau University business professor, Dr. David Miller, as part of the curriculum in Brenau’s occupational therapy graduate studies. All Georgia residents, Allison Guisasola of Braselton, Ashley McCoy of Maysville, Rachel Strazynski of Atlanta and Shelby Wrenn of Clarkesville took the course as part of the requirement for an occupational therapy master’s degree, which they completed in May 2014.

HB 62 had already been passed by the House of Representatives, so the measure goes to Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign into law or veto.

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