The Georgia Association of School Nurses and the Georgia Department of Public Health are working together to boost immunization among the state's school children. Flu shot clinics will be starting this month at many of the state’s schools.
A state commission has called for more spending on technology in Georgia schools, less money for central administration and more support for campus psychologists, nurses and counselors. But the panel steered clear of recommending wholesale changes to the state’s complicated education funding formula.
Georgia is among the worst states in the country for staffing nurses in schools, but state education leaders are hoping a new law passed this year will improve that standing. For the first time, the state is funding nurses based on student enrollment.
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.