The 2011 state budget, approved by lawmakers on Thursday. makes what the state’s schools chief is calling drastic cuts to education.
State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox calls the situation a major budget crisis. Funding for schools was cut 600-million dollars in the 2011 budget which begins in July.
“We haven’t had to have this kind of cut, especially so quickly, but even just this drastic. So, the good news is what we can’t do in our state is just borrow money and then just turn this over to the next generation. We’ve got to get through this.”
But Cox says getting through the next year will be tough.
The Georgia Association of Educators, which represents 43-thousand public school teachers uses stronger language, calling the budget a disaster for public education.
Many districts without reserve funds should expect fewer teachers, programs and resources and more furloughs