I have been impressed with the parental responses to budget cuts in every metro county. Here is a good school finance primer sent to me by the Fayette Citizens for Children. The county boasts some of the best schools in Georgia and a dedicated parent base that wants to keep it that way.
While this Q&A is local to Fayette in some instances, it has information relevant to all systems and parents that I felt was worth sharing:
What is QBE?
In a nutshell the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE) is an act that states that the formula by which the State of Georgia requires the provision of Basic Quality Education has NEVER been fully funded, though it’s supposed to be. This is a complex formula that requires school systems to provide basic education, such as reading, writing, math and science, etc. For the provision of these subjects, and based upon the number of students a system has, and weighting those students dependent upon certain criteria such as special education