Georgia school districts report that classrooms are more crowded than ever and students are spending fewer days in school due to substantial cuts in state funding. These developments do not encourage effective teaching or learning, and may undermine learning and limit success in school for the state’s growing number of disadvantaged students.
Ultimately, these changes threaten the state’s economy, because attracting high-wage employers requires a large well-educated and highly skilled workforce. Without new funds to invest in schools, educators will find it difficult, if not impossible, to reach the ambitious goals policymakers have set for improving educational outcomes in Georgia and attracting more employers to the state. Download the full report.