A lot of the news about school budget cuts in Atlanta have focused on the layoffs, program eliminations and other slashes done by school districts, like DeKalb and Fayette counties.
But these aren’t the only Georgia programs hurting.
Choice programs – such as charter schools and special education vouchers – are struggling during the recession.
Charters have laid off employees, slashed budgets and put off purchasing new materials and training for teachers. Some organizers postponed opening new charter schools because of the economy.
Parents who receive special education vouchers are getting less because of state cuts in the amount of funding for each public school student. Parents and public school providers say parents are having trouble paying tuition.
Charters and vouchers give parents a choice outside traditional school systems. If these programs are hurting, where can parents and students turn?