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August 4 — As if politics aren't fraught enough, state legislators are planning to rewrite the 37-year-old formula for how funding is distributed to public schools. Read more below and expect fireworks. 

🌩 A 40% chance of rain and 89° today.

🙏🏼 Noted Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Charles Loudermilk, 95, died Wednesday. Loudermilk was the founder of the furniture and appliance rental store Aaron’s. 

🅿️ There are now more ways to pay for public parking in Atlanta, but new signage is confusing longtime ParkMobile customers

🥪 Georgia is one of the 22 states involved in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding school lunch fundin

⛽ Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the suspension of the state’s excise tax on motor fuel sales until Sept. 12.

🩺 The Atlanta City Council approved a $300,000 donation to Access Reproductive Care Southeast, a nonprofit abortion fund.

🚨 Midtown Alliance reports that violent crime is down almost 20% this year in Midtown. 

🐢 Loggerhead sea turtle nesting in Georgia hit a new high this week with nearly 4,000 nests, the most recorded since 1989.

⏱ Today's newsletter is 3️⃣ stories 

• State school funding
• Parliament of Owls
• Quick Bites

Enjoy your day!
Collin + Amy
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1. Reexamining school funding

📚 Georgia lawmakers are preparing to reexamine the controversial 1985 Quality Basic Education Act, which continues to guide how the state distributes nearly $11 billion in funding to its 1.6 million public school students. 

Critics say the current formula denies flexibility to administrators and unfairly sends resources to wealthier districts. Past attempts to modernize the formula were abandoned in the face of political turbulence.

A senate study committee is set to hold three meetings across the state this fall to gather input about potentially revising the formula. The first is set for Aug. 18 at the state Capitol in Atlanta, and meetings in Savannah and Columbus are scheduled to follow in September and October. 

➡️ Read more about the issue in the story from Georgia Recorder's Ross Williams. 

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2. Parliament of Owls lantern parade

🦉 The Parliament of Owls lantern parade returns to Midtown on Saturday night from 8-10 p.m., taking flight from The Plaza at Colony Square. 

A workshop to make the owl lanterns is tonight from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Patio at Colony Square, or pick up a kit at Shep's Midtown Ace Hardware.

Participants are encouraged to wear black or white as they carry their lanterns through the streets of Midtown. 

➡️ Read more about the event's creator, Chantelle Rytter, here. Rytter is also the creator of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade. 

🎂 Happy Birthday today to Atlanta's favorite talent agent, Jason L.!

🎈 Email us for more information on how to celebrate a friend or relative's special day. 
3. Quick Bites

🎳 Your 3rd Spot is opening at The Works on Oct. 12. The 26,000-square-foot space will feature dining with activities including board games, bowling, and shuffleboard (pictured).

🍷 Postino Wine Café will open its flagship Southeastern location in Buckhead this summer.

🍺 Downtown Chamblee is set to get a taproom and micro food hall.

🥪 Chicken Salad Chick will launch a Dunwoody location on Aug. 17. 

🦀 The Pig and the Pearl has closed at Atlantic Station, but seafood boil restaurant Angry Crab Shack is set to open later this year.

🥤 Shake Shack has opened at Lenox Square. 

🍔 Manuel's Tavern will turn 66 years old on Aug. 6 and will serve the "Manny Mac" burger. 


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