Education Panel offers Recommendations to Deal

| December 16, 2015


Atlanta Business Journal

More money for Georgia elementary, secondary and pre-schools heads a lengthy list of recommendations issued Tuesday by a task force appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In an 85-page report to the governor and General Assembly, the Georgia Education Reform Commission called for an additional $258 million a year for grades K-12, starting with the fiscal 2018 budget, and another $209 million annually as the funds become available.

The panel of educators, legislators and business leaders also proposed a funding increase to allow Georgia’s pre-kindergarten to reduce class sizes from 22 students to 20 and give pre-school teachers raises.

But besides simply throwing more money at public education, the commission also recommended giving local schools more spending flexibility and suggested an overhaul of the 30-year-old school funding formula that would tie education dollars to the types of students being served. For example, schools with high concentrations of low-income students or students learning English as a second language would get more funds.

Read more in the Atlanta Business Journal

Mother of 24-day old Baby Arrested on Cruelty Charges
Thomasville Warns Impaired Drivers
Filed in: News, Regional News

Comments are closed.