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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 4:45am

Deal: Deeper Education Cuts Possible

Updated: 4 years ago.
Gov.-elect Nathan Deal says deeper cuts to Georgia education may be ahead. (GPB file photo)

Georgia’s governor-elect says deeper cuts to education could be needed because of state budget woes.

Nathan Deal tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship can't continue on its current path with drastic measures possibly needed to save that. The Georgia Student Finance Commission, which oversees HOPE, projects a shortfall of more than $240 million this fiscal year, with that figure growing the following year to more than $300 million.

Deal says HOPE measures might include ending the book allowance and grants for students to take remedial programs in college.

The governor-elect did not give specifics on cuts to K-12 funding but said a lot of "tough choices" will need to be made.

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