Joe Martin is still fighting the good fight with regard to school funding in Georgia.
But I think this has become a quixotic battle. At best, the Legislature is lukewarm toward public education, and local politicians don’t have the stomach to suggest local tax increases to counter the deep state cuts.
Here is an essay Martin wrote on the desperate plight of local schools, evidenced by the number of systems raising class sizes and cutting teachers. Martin is head of the Georgia School Funding Association.
By Joe Martin
The severe cuts now being made at the local level reveal a new reality in the financing of Georgia’s schools. Many systems were once able to cover the decline in state support through rising property taxes, but this fallback is now gone.
The required cuts go far beyond belt-tightening. There will be larger class sizes, fewer school days, and reduced programs. Furloughs and lay-offs will continue.
State officials consistently say, “We’re doing the best we can.”
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