DeKalb teachers also sent me some money questions, which I directed to the state Department of Education. State responses are in bold
Q: DeKalb’s “fiscal crisis” has us teachers talking. And no one — from administrators in the building to the Georgia Association of Educators representative — seems to know what happens if DeKalb Schools can’t make payroll. Some teachers seem to think the state would honor our salaries.
A: The state can’t pay a school district beyond what they receive at the beginning of each fiscal year budget and the supplemental budget.
Q: Others assume that the state’s required number of instructional days and our signed contracts would prevent the system from ending the year early and furloughing even more days.
A: Because contracts are done at the local level and are unique to each district, you would want to talk to the DeKalb Board Attorney about this one. I’m not sure if their contracts allow changes in the middle of the year.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog