Georgia school’s have been chronically underfunded since 2002, and only in the 2019 fiscal year were schools finally properly funded. As of last year, some school districts still had to furlough teachers because of the impacts of years of budget cuts.
A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that public disinvestment in schools has been part of a national trend since at least the 2007 recession in many states under Republican control. Turns out, folks are getting tired of underfunded public schools, and, according to the report, this may benefit progressive candidates around the nation.
“It has been a lost decade for school funding, and the policy choices of some state leaders have exacerbated the situation,” said Lisette Partelow, one of the report’s co-authors. “What this means for students is that many are taught by underpaid teachers who often work second jobs, teach in buildings that are crumbling and in disrepair and don’t have access to the resources they need for a quality education.”
Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp have very different approaches to funding schools, and only Abrams has student, teacher and parent groups rallying around her.
In a state where school performance varies widely — even within the same district — we need leaders who will actually invest money in our public schools to help make sure students and teachers can succeed.