(a) Each regional educational service agency shall provide the
following shared services to member local school systems:
(1) Identifying or conducting research related to educational
improvements and in planning for the implementation of such
(2) Developing and implementing staff development programs with an
emphasis on improving student achievement and school
(3) Developing and implementing curricula and instruction of the
highest quality possible, including implementing the uniformly
sequenced core curriculum adopted by the state board;
(4) Developing and implementing academic assessment and evaluation
(5) Identifying and utilizing electronic technology, including
computers, in an effort to improve the quality of classroom
instruction as well as classroom, school, and school system
(6) Developing programs, resource materials, and staff development
services relating to instruction on alcohol and drug abuse; and
(7) Assistance in the development and implementation of a
state-wide mentoring program.
The shared services may also include assistance designed to address documented local needs pursuant to subsection (d) of Code Section 20-2-272.
(b) The state board shall make the service areas for the Georgia
Learning Resources System congruous with the service areas for the
RESA's. The RESA's are designated as the fiscal agents for the
agency of the Georgia Learning Resources System or a local board of
education as identified by the State Board of Education through an
annual contract to serve as fiscal agent for the Georgia Learning
Resources System. All member local school systems shall be provided
the services of the Georgia Learning Resources System.
(c) The Psychoeducational Network for severely emotionally disturbed
students shall be continued in effect. The service areas of units of
the Psychoeducational Network for severely emotionally disturbed
students in place on January 1, 1995, shall be continued in effect.
The fiscal agent for each service area shall be as in effect on
January 1, 1995, unless changed as provided in this subsection.
Upon the request of a majority of the local school superintendents
of the local school systems within a service area, representatives
of each of the local school systems in the respective service area
shall vote in the manner and at the time prescribed by the state
board to determine if one of the local school systems or the
regional educational service agency serving the respective service
area shall serve as the fiscal agent for the respective unit of the
Psychoeducational Network for the ensuing fiscal year. In the event
this vote results in a change in the fiscal agent for the respective
unit, the new fiscal agent shall continue in this capacity for a
minimum of three fiscal years. In the event a regional educational
service agency is designated as the fiscal agent for a service area,
all member local school systems shall be provided the services of
the Psychoeducational Network.