Still About $470 Million Short of Funding Formula
The $8.49 billion for public schools in Governor Deal’s budget proposal shrinks some of the austerity cut in state K-12 funding. Districts that still furlough teachers and cut instructional days should get enough money to address both. However school districts will receive between $450 and $500 million less in the proposed budget than called for in the state’s funding formula for public schools. Class sizes will likely remain high, and cuts to art and music programs, elective courses and programs for academically struggling students will at least partly remain. Download the full report.