Thursday, April 27, 2017

Education

An educated population is essential for creating jobs and making sure Georgia is a good place to raise a family and operate a business. Georgia can meet the challenge of ensuring that all kids graduate from high school prepared to compete for good jobs and ready to contribute to the state’s economic growth. It also means ensuring all qualified students affordable access to college.

Ballooning Tax Credit for Private School Scholarships

Bill Analysis: House Bill 217 (LC 34 5120S) State lawmakers are considering a bill that proposes to swell the annual price of Georgia’s tax credit...

Education Savings Accounts Carry Huge Price Tag

Fact Sheet: Senate Bill 68 (LC 33 6784) Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill to allow parents to take state money to pay for private...
University classroom and students

Overview: 2018 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of nearly $2.3 billion for the university system and approximately $360 million for technical colleges includes money to increase...

Overview: 2018 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed 2018 budget includes $57.4 million in additional lottery funds, bringing the combined total for Georgia’s lottery funded Pre-Kindergarten and HOPE...

Filling the Gaping Hole in Public School Budgets

State funding for Georgia’s public schools went up $1.5 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2017 and is set to go up $515 million...

Private School Scholarship Savings Claims Deserve Skepticism

State lawmakers are considering a big expansion of the private school scholarship tax credit program. House Bill 217 proposes to hike the program’s cap...

Misguided March to Expand Tax Credits for Private School Scholarships

The Georgia Senate is considering a plan to expand the state’s private school scholarship tax credit program after the House recently approved House Bill...
School Districts Stuck with Higher Busing Costs in Proposed Formula

School Districts Stuck with Higher Busing Costs in Proposed Formula

Rural school districts and others with high student transportation costs stand to lose financially under the funding formula proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education...
Georgia State Capitol Gold Dome

Stabilizing Georgia’s Health System Tops 2017 Legislative To-do List

As published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution A reeling state health care system. Chronically underfunded public schools. Working families and communities that need a financial...
Proposed K-12 Funding Formula Pulls Rug Out from Low-Income Students

Proposed K-12 Funding Formula Pulls Rug Out from Low-Income Students

More funding directed to economically-disadvantaged students helps them do better in school and in life. Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission recognized this and...

Overview: 2018 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year boosts funding for Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students by $515 million over the...
Elementary school classroom

Fact Sheet: Proposed School Funding Formula Will Fall Behind Costs

State spending on Georgia’s public school students will fall behind rising costs if the General Assembly approves the funding formula proposed by Gov. Nathan...
Students Success in the Balance

Student Success in the Balance: Update for 2017

Updated Oct. 27, 2016 Schools Likely Worse Off With New Funding Formula Strong public schools are essential in preparing young students for postsecondary study and life....

Troubling Gaps in HOPE Point to Need-based Aid Solutions

Completing a postsecondary program is more important than ever for a student’s future well-being and the state’s economic growth. But rising costs are combining...

Georgia Education Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2017

Education Funding in Georgia: Years of Cuts Cast Long Shadow Georgia is spending $11.6 billion on education in the 2017 fiscal year or about 51...

Education Media Coverage

Three Colquitt County schools climb off state watch list

The Moultrie Observer

Fulton schools bring back staff and programs, but recovery’s slow

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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