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Monday, January 11, 2010 - 4:29am

Education To Get Sharp Focus At Capitol

Georgia schools are bracing for another tough year of furloughs, layoffs and crowded classes as lawmakers reconvene for the 2010 legislative session.

Some of the policies put into place in recent years to improve education -- such as class size limits and spending requirements -- could go out the window for at least three years as legislators try to cut at least $1 billion from this year's budget. More could be cut from the fiscal year beginning July 1st.

Schools are required to spend 65 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction and to keep classes to less than about 30 students.

Both those measures would be relaxed under legislation proposed by state lawmakers, leaving it up to each school district to decide how to spend their limited funding.

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