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Lawmaker representing southwest Forsyth has legislation signed

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed into law House Bill 209, which revises scholarship provisions for special needs students.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Wes Cantrell, a Republican from Woodstock whose District 22 includes southwestern Forsyth County.

The measure requires that parents of special needs children receive a written notice of all available scholarship options at their initial Individualized Education Program meeting.

Previously, the law provided that a written notice be provided only at the beginning of each school year, not for each individual case.

Cantrell was elected to the legislature in 2014 and serves on the Education, Juvenile Justice, Small Business Development committees.