Deal: Let’s End Teacher Furloughs, Trim State Jobs
(AJC) — Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday vowed to end teacher furloughs while also proposing deep cuts to higher education and no pay raise for state employees. Deal delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate just two days after taking the oath of office in the same chamber after the brutal winter storm forced his inaugural indoors. The governor said he will make k-12 education a top priority. However, his spending plan, also released Wednesday, could result in a net loss for schools as the state struggles to make up $750 million in lost federal stimulus money. Local school districts may still wind up having to furlough teachers to make ends meet. For the third consecutive year, teachers also wouldn’t get cost-of-living raises.