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From Dr. John D. Barge, GA State School Superintendent
- Since 2003, at least $5 billion earned through the QBE formula funding has been withheld from Georgia’s students. (see Attachment A)
- This has led to students in two-thirds of school districts (121 out of 180) having shortened school years – ranging from 144 to 179 days – as well as pay cuts for thousands of Georgia teachers in the form of furlough days, and since 2008 alone, layoffs for 4,423 teachers throughout Georgia. (see Attachment B)
- Yet the General Assembly plans to come up with more than $430 million in new state funds for state charter schools over the next five years – the cumulative cost assuming a new commission creates only seven new charter schools per year, the average approval rate of the previous commission. (see Attachment C)
- In FY 2018 alone, it would cost $109 million per year in new state funds for the 50 state charter schools that would then exist (including the 15 already receiving extra state funds).
- This includes the additional $33 million per year in additional state funds for the 15 state chartered special schools for this year alone (including the 13 schools created to serve former Commission school students).
- These extra state funds average $7,400 per pupil – which is higher than the total funding of 60 Georgia school districts. (see Attachment D)
- Instead, this $430 million should be used to restore the austerity cuts to students in Georgia’s traditional public schools – including those in Georgia’s locally-approved charter schools. Our students deserve a full 180-day school year and our teachers deserve full pay.
- Restore the 180-day school year for Georgia’s students
- Restore essential student services like student transportation and student support to effective levels
- Restore all teacher positions with full pay for a full school year
Let me say this again: I fully support the creation of high quality charter schools for Georgia’s students.
- But I only support high quality charter schools, those with a consistent record or those who have demonstrated capacity for:
- Strong academic results
- Well trained and high functioning governing boards
- Financial sustainability
- Legal and regulatory compliance
However, I cannot support the creation of a new, costly, and unnecessary state bureaucracy.
- As a conservative, I believe our state needs to be fiscally responsible, support local community control, and limit government.
- This amendment runs counter to all three of these critical conservative principles.
- In fact, the amendment creates an unnecessary government agency and restricts local community control.
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