UPDATE: Cobb County is making other cuts to avoid furloughing teachers. Other systems — including Gwinnett, Forsyth and Henry — already announced furlough dates.
UPDATE: The State Board of Education is scheduled to meet this coming Tuesday to clear any obstacles preventing school districts from furloughing teachers and other school employees. The board is expected to vote on waivers to change the number of days Georgia requires school employees to work
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday (July 22) a plan to fill a $900 million hole in the budget. The plans includes all public school teachers taking three furlough days by the end of the calendar year.
Technically Perdue can’t order teachers to take furloughs because they hold contracts with individual school districts, not the state. It’s up to local superintendents and school boards to decide what to do.
Basically the state will cut the amount of funding school districts get to subtract three furlough days. School systems could furlough teachers or find other ways to make the cuts.
Cherokee County schools Superintendent Frank Petruzielo said the system’s teachers will be furloughed Monday and Tuesday when they were scheduled to plan for the upcoming school year. The third furlough day will come in November.
Others are following Cherokee’s lead. Henry County announced this afternoon the furlough days for teachers: July 27, July 28 and Nov. 3.
Just got Gwinnett’s dates for teachers: Aug. 3-4 and Oct. 9
Many districts have already cut to the breaking point. Let’s not forget these furloughs come on top of a 3 percent cut in school funding and years of austerity cuts.
Should school leaders decide to furlough they will likely target days students were already scheduled to stay home. That means teachers will be saying good-bye to planning days. Some systems may eliminate parent-teacher conference days as well.
I wonder how much work teachers would still have to do while furloughed.
After all, lessons must get planned, tests and papers must get graded and parents still expect responses to their phone calls and e-mails. Many teachers who do their jobs well already put in hours beyond the regular school day.
Do you think teachers should face furlough? If not, where else can schools cut?