Fri., January 14, 2011 3:54pm (EST)

Lawmakers To Review How State Funds Education
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

Superintendent of Schools Republican John Barge (photo by Melissa Stiers)
Superintendent of Schools Republican John Barge (photo by Melissa Stiers)
The governor’s education budget released this week reflects a $110 million cut in the state funding formula.

State schools superintendent Republican John Barge says he thought it would be worse.

“While there are still issues that local districts have with decreased revenues lower property values, foreclosures and their decreased local income, the budget the governor did propose seems to strike a fiscally sound balance in tough times.”

However, Barge says the state should reexamine how it funds education.

“We’ve got to look at the way we fund education in Georgia and maybe the funding formula we have has maybe seen its day.”

The new chair of senate education committee Republican Fran Millar says lawmakers may pick up the issue this year.

“We need to revisit this funding formula its was created over thirty years ago at this point in time. Over a period of time we need to reevaluate what’s worked with other states and perhaps take aspects of that.

Lawmakers will also look at the graduation rule. Barge says it may be revised to create multiple pathways to getting a diploma.