Group founded by Michelle Rhee funds governor’s field trip to New Orleans.

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Update at 12:15: The Georgia House on Wednesday will vote on Gov. Nathan Deal’s top education initiatives, a last-minute change made in the Rules Committee. Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287 were added to today’s floor debate calendar this morning after failing to make it out of Rules on Tuesday. It was added to the list over Democrats’ objections.

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On the political front this morning, there’s both good and bad news for Gov. Nathan Deal’s bruising campaign to win support for his Opportunity School District.

First, the AJC reports Deal ignored his own executive order banning most gifts from lobbyist and let a pro-charter schools group and top contributor to the state GOP, StudentsFirst, to underwrite for a legislative fact-finding trip to New Orleans last month. StudentsFirst was founded by former Washington, D.C. chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Is the state takeover in New Orleans a workable model for Georgia? (AJC File Photo) The governor took a field trip to New Orleans…

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