To utilize Georgia’s outstanding technical colleges for teenagers the House adopted legislation last week, allowing students in their junior or senior year of public high school to study at a technical college.  HB 149 allows students in these grades to attend, if accepted, post secondary colleges or school and receive high school credit that would count towards their graduation. Unlike joint enrollment, this legislation allows students to leave high school entirely to complete the necessary graduation requirements.  The Georgia Department of Education would use state funds to pay for the tuition, or the amount the school pays for the student’s high school education, whichever is less. High schools would also get to keep a $200 record keeping fee for all participating students. HB 149 passed 154-6.   Representative Barbara Massey Reece, D-Menlo, told AM1180 Chattooga County Radio she supported this bill in committee and on the floor vote