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More School Nurse Funding Sought
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
A committee of legislators and educators wants the state to cover more of the cost of school nurse funding. (photo-Daniel Borman)
A committee of legislators and educators wants the state to cover more of the cost of school nurse funding. (photo-Daniel Borman)
School nurses in Georgia could soon get more state dollars.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a committee of legislators and educators tasked with suggesting improvements for how the state funds public education plans to recommend to Governor Nathan Deal that the state cover more of the cost of Georgia's $56 million school nurse program. The majority of that cost is now paid for by local districts.

The committee is also recommending that the state put $10 million more per year into the program to lower the nurse-to-student ratio from 1-to-2,300 currently to 1-to-750 in elementary schools and 1-to-1,500 in high schools. Georgia has one of the lowest ratios in the country.

Deal spokeswoman Stephanie Mayfield said the governor will review the recommendations as he prepares his 2013 budget proposal.