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Quick hits: Georgia news in brief for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019


President Trump will visit Atlanta on Friday

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Atlanta on Friday to begin his Black Voices for Trump.

The event is part of his 2020 campaign for president and will be held at the World Congress Center beginning at 3 p.m.

Trump is beginning the campaign in Atlanta “because of its role as an epicenter of black life and the region’s fast-growing African American population,” a senior White House official told the Atlanta Journal -Constitution.

Tickets are available on the campaign’s website but no other information is listed. Trump is also expected to attend a fundraiser for Republican Sen. David Purdue.

Lawmaker to introduce bill to ban discrimination in organ transplants

Rep. Rick Williams, R-Milledgeville, is introducing a bill that would ban medical professionals from discriminating against patients needing an organ transplant because they are physically or mentally disabled.

The bill is dubbed “Gracie’s Law” after a Georgia child with Down’s syndrome. The law would prohibit insurance companies from denying organ transplants because of a patient’s disability.

“Even with federal protections in place, children and adults with disabilities continue to face an unfounded amount of discrimination by the medical community,” Williams said. “For far too long, people with disabilities have been denied organ transplants based on misconceptions about their quality of life, which consequently impacts their health care. This legislation seeks to change that stigma and ultimately save lives.”

CTAE graduation rates higher than state rate

The graduation rate for students enrolled in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs is 14.54 percent higher than the statewide rate, according to information from the Georgia Department of Education (DOE).

The rate was 96.54 percent for students who chose the Career Pathway.

More than 100 pathways and 17 cluster programs are open to Georgia’s students, according to the DOE

“Our goal in education is to prepare students to live fulfilling lives,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a statement. “We want students to find careers they love. We want them to use their skills and talents to contribute to their communities and build the future of our state. Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education makes that happen by connecting Georgia’s K-12 schools with business and industry and helping students see the relevance of their education. This year’s graduation rate shows the program continues to succeed.”