Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox told state budget-writers that spending cuts proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue endanger the progress public schools have made in recent years.
In an address to joint House and Senate budget committees, Cox said Perdue’s proposals would mean $710 million less in basic school funding for Georgia schools over the next year and a half. She said her agency’s office budget has been slashed dramatically in recent years, and she noted that Perdue’s budget plan would wipe out regional education offices that work to improve teaching.
“The 2011 budget takes away our ability as a state to do anything to help our schools,” she told lawmakers.
Rep. Alan Powell (D-Hartwell) said there are about 35 school systems that are at risk of running out of money.
Cox told lawmakers the cuts “will affect the payrolls of every school system in this state.”
The state funds most of the salary for more than 150,000 public school teachers and education staffers.