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Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock

February 19, 2015

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow parents to take state dollars for private educational use. House Bill 243 proposes to create Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to set public money aside for educational services, including private school tuition, textbooks and curriculum materials, private tutoring and contributions to a college savings… [Read more]

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 28, 2015

Still About $470 Million Short of Funding Formula
The $8.49 billion for public schools in Governor Deal’s budget proposal shrinks some of the austerity cut in state K-12 funding. Districts that still furlough teachers and cut instructional days should get enough money to address both. However school districts will receive… [Read more]

Money Matters: Increased Education Investment Linked to Higher Achievement

December 16, 2014

Money invested in student learning matters. This is the conclusion most researchers reach after examining the relationship between funding and student achievement. It means Georgia is headed in the wrong direction as ongoing austerity cuts slashed $8.3 billion from state public school funding since 2003. Students across the state suffer… [Read more]

Cutting Class to Make Ends Meet 2014

October 16, 2014

Schools across Georgia continue to scramble to meet students’ needs as they cope with years of deep cuts in state funding. A new Georgia Budget and Policy Institute survey of school systems finds districts raised class sizes and cut instructional programs in response to state cuts. A modest increase of… [Read more]

The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014

September 4, 2014

State Cuts, Lost Property Values Still Pinch School Districts
Georgia’s 180 school districts continue to face enormous financial pressures. The Georgia Legislature cut more than $8.4 billion in funding for public schools in recent years. At the same time, local funding for schools slipped precipitously following the plunge in property… [Read more]

HOPE Scholars Pick Up Increasing Share of College Costs

May 1, 2014

Students from low- or moderate-income families must clear ever-higher financial hurdles to complete a postsecondary program in Georgia. The HOPE Scholarship will cover 59 percent of tuition and mandatory fees at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the next school year and 62 percent at the University of Georgia. This… [Read more]

Sales Tax Flexibility Not Enough to Solve Georgia’s School Funding Crisis

February 19, 2014

Bill Analysis: House Resolution 1109 and House Bill 802
The General Assembly is considering putting a constitutional amendment to a statewide vote to give school districts greater flexibility to spend sales tax money. Districts continue to struggle financially due to ongoing cuts in state funding, including an austerity cut of… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

January 29, 2014

Funding Inches Up, Gaps Persist
Georgia’s proposed $1.94 billion budget for higher education in the 2015 fiscal year adds some much needed money for several key initiatives compared to the prior year. However most of the increase just keeps pace with growth and rising health care and retirement costs. This… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 23, 2014

Budget Cuts for K-12 Shrink, but Still Loom Large
The $7.95 billion budget proposal for public education in the state’s 2015 fiscal year makes a down payment to eliminate the austerity cut in state funding for schools. Most districts should be able to restore the school calendar to the 180-day… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

January 22, 2014

Funding for Pre-Kindergarten and HOPE Falls Short of Students’ Needs
The governor’s proposed $948 million budget for the state’s lottery-funded programs in the 2015 fiscal year falls short of what is needed to provide Georgians broad access to pre-kindergarten and higher education programs. Georgia’s 20-year-old system that uses lottery proceeds… [Read more]