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Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

February 4, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of nearly $1.05 billion for the state’s lottery-funded programs adds money for needed enhancements to the Pre-Kindergarten program and financial aid for technical college students but falls short of meeting many families’ needs. The nearly $358 million allotted for Pre-K provides money to raise teachers’… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 27, 2016
The $8.92 billion for Georgia’s 180 public school districts in Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2017 budget proposal represents a $415.9 million increase above the 2016 budget. The proposal reduces the austerity cut in state K-12 funding imposed on school districts by $300 million, which leaves a cut of about $166 million… [Read more]

Funding Committee Comes up Short

November 4, 2015
A new school funding formula Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission is developing threatens to lock in deep cuts made under the existing formula if it becomes law. Most school districts get less money under the proposed formula this school year than if the General Assembly provided the full amount… [Read more]

School Districts Get Growing Tab for Student Transportation

October 27, 2015
Years of deep cuts in state student transportation funding saddle school districts with more of the cost to bus students to and from school safely. These ongoing cuts could be made permanent if Georgia lawmakers adopt a proposal for a new formula to distribute state money to districts. Georgia requires… [Read more]

Georgia’s Workforce Development, Economy Damaged by Barriers to Higher Education for Undocumented Students

September 29, 2015
New federal policy provides Georgia an opportunity to increase access to higher education for many young Georgia immigrants who are now eligible to work without threat of deportation. Current policies that prevent these potential students from paying in-state tuition rates or even from attending Georgia universities outright undercut the state’s… [Read more]

Georgia’s Path to School Funding Reform Reaches Crossroads

September 16, 2015
Georgia’s effort to overhaul the formula it uses to split about $8.5 billion per year in state money among its 180 school districts is gaining momentum despite important omissions. A governor-appointed commission appears ready to adopt a new funding method that leaves issues critical to students’ success unaddressed. The plan… [Read more]

Improved Adult Education Support Critical to Georgia’s Bottom Line

August 6, 2015
Georgia’s economic well-being is threatened by the high numbers of adults without a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Development credential (GED®). Nearly 866,000 Georgians ages 18 to 64 do not have a high school diploma or GED. Georgia’s adult education programs served only about 60,600 adults in 2014.… [Read more]

Opportunity School District Needs Transparency, Community Role

March 13, 2015
A new legislative proposal to create a statewide “Opportunity School District” aims to boost student achievement at Georgia’s most challenged schools. Close scrutiny of the measure is warranted before its proposed drastic and permanent remedies are passed into law. Georgia Senate Bill 133 sets out the parameters of Gov. Nathan… [Read more]

Health Plan Financial Challenges Remain if State Ends Coverage for Part-Time School Workers and Their Dependents

February 24, 2015
Georgia’s governor proposes in the 2016 fiscal year to eliminate State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and other “non-certified” school district employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. This move could take insurance away from more than 21,000 people while leaving the… [Read more]

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]