Presidents of the Georgia’s public colleges received permission Tuesday to furlough all employees – including faculty – for up to 10 days to cut costs.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis previously said he was “philosophically opposed” to furloughs but backtracked after angry responses from some state legislators.
Davis explained he didn’t want to furlough non-faculty staff when contracts protected faculty from being placed on unpaid leave.
The state university system was one of the few public state agencies that did not furlough employees this fiscal year.
Several school districts have furloughed employees and plan to do it again next year. Some school board members limited this to non-classroom teachers, while others extended it to everyone.
Furloughs are a way to save money, especially as budget shortfalls continue. But some prefer permanent cuts over temporary savings.
Do you think schools and college should furlough teachers? How can this be accomplished without hurting students?