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billion,” Deal says.
more common-sense
“This investment will
approach. This benefits
give local school
not only the students
systems the
but the teachers.”
opportunity to provide
Georgia students

Richard
Woods,
Georgia
School
Superintendent
the programs
are also scoring higher
necessary to improve
on the ACT and SAT
struggling schools and
college prep tests, as
enhance student performance. Fully funding QBE
well as the Milestones tests given at the end of the year.
provides a stronger foundation to lawmakers and
According to Woods, Georgia is outpacing the nation in
stakeholders to reform this outdated formula to
the ACT and in reading and writing on the SAT.
accommodate the needs of today’s students and 21st
This year Georgia begins a new era in education
century classrooms.”
starting with the stroke of a pen by Gov. Nathan Deal. In
a historic move at the end of the 2018 legislative session,
the governor announced the addition of $167 million to
S c h o o l S a f e t y N ow a p r i o r i t y
the FY19 education budget— a move that fully funds
In the wake of violent incidents around the country, a
Georgia K-12 education after a decade of cutbacks. This
new
issue is of top concern in public education. In
ensures fully funding the Quality Basic Education (QBE)
response the General Assembly created bipartisan study
formula and providing local school systems with 100
committees on school safety.
percent of the state’s share in financing.
“Based on current events, we feel that is necessary
This follows an increase in the FY 2019 state revenue
to place a focus on school safety,” says state Sen. John
estimate by more than $194 million over initial
Albers, R-Roswell, who chairs the Senate Committee.
projections, bringing the new revenue estimate to more
“Each area of our state is unique, and this will not be a
than $26.2 billion. “The addition of $167 million to K-12
‘one size fits all’ solution. We must do what is best for
education will bring total funding for education to $9.6
I believe that in a few more years
we will be the envy of public education.
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JAMES
J U LY / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8

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