Category: Stephen Owens

State of Education Funding in Georgia (2020)

Georgia’s public schools are funded through a law passed in 1985 called the Quality Basic Education Act, or QBE. This report offers an assessment of the state of education funding in Georgia by analyzing how it compares to prior years

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Georgia’s K-12 Equalization Grants Explained

The state of Georgia has a constitutional obligation to provide every child with an “adequate public education.”[1] Over the past 50 years, almost every state’s funding laws have been created or changed in response to lawsuits alleging that schools are

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Teachers Retirement System of Georgia Explained

State lawmakers introduced several bills in the 2019 legislative session that could significantly alter the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) if passed in 2020. There are 390,000 current and former Georgia educators participating in the pension system as either

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How Does Georgia Fund Schools?

The video above is narrated by Dr. Stephen Owens, GBPI Senior Policy Analyst. Below is a full transcript. The decades-old law that dictates how the state of Georgia disperses money to schools sits at the heart of most education policy

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Changes in Charter School Funding Explained

The enactment of House Bill 787 on July 1, 2018 guaranteed state charter schools additional funding to make up for the lack of local tax dollars. The amended budget for fiscal year 2019 and proposed 2020 increases the charter school

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