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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 values triggered by the Great Recession. The growing number of students in poverty compounds the challenges that districts confront. While grappling with these combined pressures, districts are also working hard to increase student achievement.  Download the full report.