Georgia’s largest education organization says more money needs to be spent on education if the state’s economy is going to stay competitive. Those comments come before the legislature will hold a series of budget meetings in Atlanta.
Governor Perdue is recommending education cuts totaling just under a half billion dollars. Jeff Hubbard is the president of the Georgia Association of Educators, and he says Perdue has administered some 2 billion dollars in cuts to education spending during his two terms. "[Perdue] talked about generational sacrifices in his state of the state address, all I have to say is, this generation of Georgia school children will have sacrificed more than any other group of Georgians perhaps than any other time in our history.
Much of those cuts came after significant recessions, including after the September 11th attacks. Still, Hubbard says the Governor is seeking a one cent penny tax for transportation, while rejecting a similar proposal for education.