I am at the first all-day meeting of the state’s new education finance review committee created by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Legislature — it is the sixth such blue ribbon committee since the state adopted the Quality Basic Education Funding Act in 1985.
The most recent committee labored four years and came up with district contracts for flexibility rather than a revised funding formula.
None of the other committees yielded any results, either. Speaking now is state House budget staff director John Brown, who leaves the Legislature after 25 years to join the Regents tomorrow. So, Brown is speaking with a remarkable degree of candor to the 20-member committee about the earlier failed efforts and the state of education in Georgia.
Brown blamed the failures of the other funding review committees on two factors: Governors who wanted only recommendations that were “revenue neutral,” and overly ambitious committee recommendations that were more “wish lists.”