What is a neighborhood school worth?
Georgia has decided that prisons are worth more than our neighborhood schools.
Our elected officials have cut more than $1 billion from the Department of Education over the past three years. When adjusted for inflation, we spend $451 less per student now than we did in 2001.
During that same time, Georgia increased its budget for the Department of Corrections by 20 percent.
Because most Georgians disagree with this policy decision, many local schools have increased taxes to try to replace the money the state has taken away.
In 2001, our local school districts provided 40 percent of the education budget while the state provided 60 percent. Thanks to cuts from the Gold Dome, there is now a 50-50 local/state split.
Our poorest counties simply can’t make up the difference.
In response, more than 100 school systems cut the student calendar to less than the standard 180 days. Even more systems have increased class sizes.
It’s clear that K-12 funding has not kept up with student growth and inflation this past decade. Let’s change this short-sighted policy.
In a time of shrinking income and tight budgets, it’s crucial to invest in what we value most –our children.
You can take action immediately.
Text “GAK12″ to 30644 from your mobile phone.
Or take an online poll to show your support for Georgia’s teachers and our K-12 school system. (Take the poll).
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