2:38 pm June 1, 2009, by Laura Diamond
The community colleges topic doesn’t seem to be generating that much interest, so it’s time to try something else.
James Salzer wrote that the money used to help poor school systems provide services comparable to wealthier districts was cut by 23 percent.
Lawmakers slashed $112 million from the equalization fund as they tried to balance the budget. The fund now has about $436 million and the money is allocated to about 135 of the state’s 180 districts.
School districts that depend on this money say they are cutting positions and increasing class sizes. Officials in these systems say they were already hurting because of the economy and these cuts worsen the problem.
The cuts also may be used in a lawsuit over the way Georgia funds education.
A group of mostly rural school systems sued Georgia in 2004 claiming that the state was violating the Georgia Constitution by not spending enough money to provide an adequate education. The coalition withdrew the lawsuit in 2008 after it was assigned to a new judge, but they have said they plan to file again.
What do you think of the state’s decision to cut the equalization fund? What can be done to even the playing field for students in poor districts?
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