By AJC Editorial Board
Despite a citizen disquiet marked by widespread disdain for most any public institution, last week’s E-SPLOST election results and other recent events prove voters and taxpayers are still willing to back our schools when it counts.
That’s encouraging news for the public schools that educate 9 of 10 Georgia children. Georgia’s Constitution demands that an “adequate” public education be provided for each child. And never has that promise more needed to be fulfilled.
“Yes” votes approved education special purpose local option sales taxes in the cities of Atlanta, Buford and Decatur, and in the counties of Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry. The SPLOSTS are projected to bring about $3.2 billion into those districts during the next five years.
The elections showed voters could put aside skepticism or disbelief that the SPLOST proceeds would be well-spent. Now it’s up to school boards and administrators to make
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