Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $547 million budget increase for K-12 education in Georgia during his State of the State address on Wednesday morning. Deal says the increase will allow the state to eliminate teacher furlough days and increase teacher salaries. In addition to education reform, the governor also outlined his plan for job creation in the state. Deal says his focus has been on creating private-sector jobs for Georgians.
NPR education reporters Larry Abramson and Claudio Sanchez discuss the past year in education — and what's to come in 2011. Among stories to look out for in the new year are the political repercussions from failure to pass the DREAM act, the slow start for Race to the Top (President Obama's version of No Child Left Behind) and funding cuts in local school districts.
Savannah-Chatham County school officials say, they expect some push-back because of new school reform ideas being considered as part of the federal Race to the Top program. Under that program, the public schools in Chatham County would get about $13 to turn-around under-performing schools and get students up to their reading levels. But the aim is to change public education. And that could ruffle some feathers.