A year ago, none of us would have believed that Cobb County schools would cut 734 jobs.
But we are becoming desensitized to dire school new because there is so much of it. Every day we read about local systems closing schools, cutting programs and trimming staff. And they are not making careful trims, but wholesale prunings. Georgia’s schools are financially strapped and desperate.
Consider what is on AJC. com right now: At a DeKalb board meeting Wednesday, parents threatened discrimination lawsuits, sit-ins and recalls of elected officials if the school board moves forward with closing schools that it says are crucial.
In Fulton, the school board plans to raise the millage rate and get rid of beloved programs, including band and orchestra in the elementary grades. Now, school superintendent Cindy Loe said she will recommend an additional $28 million in cuts to shore up the district’s $120 million deficit.
The cuts in Fulton have so upset parents that there is a campaign