Category: Stephen Owens

Special Education Funding in Georgia

By several measures Georgia has a typical special education program, but this says less about the state and more about the inequities that our nation allows to proliferate within the education for students with disabilities. Any evaluation of the program

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Three Ways to Fix Georgia Education Funding

Five Georgia senators will meet over the next few months to review education funding mechanisms as a part of Senate Resolution 650. The Quality Basic Education Act (QBE) determines the bulk of state funding for public schools and has undergone

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How to Support Georgia’s Schools Post-Roe

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Roe v. Wade has left states to decide limits on abortion access. In 2019 Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 481, banning most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected—roughly six weeks into a

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Bill Analysis: House Bill 999 (LC 49 0739)

  Key Takeaways House Bill 999 relies on a faulty measure to calculate the state’s allocations to public schools Georgia cannot afford to ignore the needs inside public schools in favor of exclusionary private schools State lawmakers concerned about Georgia’s

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Overview: 2023 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

    Gov. Kemp’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 provides Georgia’s public schools $10.7 billion, a $493 million increase above current funding. This addition would end budget cuts to the Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula, the state’s

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State of Education Funding (2022)

This report offers an assessment of the state of education funding in Georgia by analyzing how it compares to prior years and other states and exploring what areas are due for review or revision. In the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022

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Retirement in Georgia’s Public Schools

 Overview The state of Georgia maintains two pension systems for employees in public schools: the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). TRS members include full-time, certificated public teachers and school leaders. Once you

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