Georgia schools at breaking point after years of cuts

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

“We’re having to deficit finance over the last several years. It’s very concerning to us,” said Allen McCannon, superintendent of the Madison County School District.

Madison, Clarke and many other school systems have repeatedly dipped into reserves as the legislature slashed money for public schools.

School funding was cut by a cumulative total of some $7.6 billion since 2002; this year and for the past few years, by about $1 billion a year, according to Claire Suggs, an analyst with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

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