Cobb County school board members are scheduled to discuss layoffs, pay cuts, increased class sizes and other cuts during tonight’s meeting.
Cobb isn’t the first school district to slash positions and costs because of budget shortfalls and they won’t be the last. Clayton, DeKalb and Fayette announced cuts earlier this school year.
Hundreds of part-time teaching and paraprofessional positions have been eliminated across the metro Atlanta area. If we look at the Georgia as a whole – thousands of positions are gone.
These cuts aren’t the only cost-saving strategy schools are using. When the new school year begins, there will be more students in most classes. The State Board of Education approved increasing class sizes to help school districts save an estimated $200 million statewide.
How worried are you about all these cuts?
School leaders say they’re trying to minimize the impact on students, but what do you think will happen to the quality of education kids receive?
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