Educators, Lawmakers Do Math on Deal Plan
(AJC) — Educators were sifting though Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget Thursday and wondering how the numbers add up to no more unpaid furloughs or school-day cuts for Georgia public schools. Deal pledged in his first combined State of the State and budget address Wednesday to make k-12 a top priority, in part by ending teacher furloughs and restoring the traditional 180-day school calendar that many districts have shortened to save money. The budget Deal is recommending to legislators would send $30 million extra to cash-strapped school districts. That’s $60.9 million less than they are owed under the Quality Basic Education Act, the state’s enrollment-based school funding formula, but more than they’ve gotten in recent years.