State of Georgia shorts school districts more than $400 per student

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute updated its 2013 “Schoolhouse Squeeze” report on the state of school funding in Georgia in 2014. The news is still bleak.

The institute’s senior policy analyst Claire Suggs found continued underfunding of the state’s Quality Basic Education formula, Georgia’s mechanism to provide state money to districts. (The Legislature has always treated QBE as a suggestion rather than a mandate.)

The report says: "If the Legislature fully funded education in line with the state QBE formula, districts would get an average of $439 more per student during the current school year."

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