You have to wonder if Gov. Sonny Perdue, on behalf of six Republicans in the 2010 race for governor, just placed a large bet on the table — with a three-day furlough of more than 100,000 teachers statewide.
At $33 million per day, the furloughs will make up nearly 10 percent of the $900 million in cuts that Perdue outlined to reporters late Tuesday afternoon.
Ask Roy Barnes: In a close race, the teacher vote — with friends and family — can swing a campaign.
To smooth the way, the governor had a conference call with the state’s school superintendents before breaking the news to reporters late Tuesday afternoon. Perdue can’t technically order teachers furloughed — they’re governed by contracts with individual systems.
(He’s put a cap on other state workers — no more than 12 days in a 12-month period.)
Instead, Perdue said he would be slicing system allocations equivalent to those three furlough days, and let superintendents do what they think best. The governor advised the