Panel Chosen by Governor Recommends School Funding Overhaul

Posted at 10:34 AM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 10:34:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — A proposal overhauling the state's formula for funding schools is headed to the full committee appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to review education in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reports that a subcommittee recommended changes on Thursday, adding $258 million to the state's education budget. Teacher organizations and other groups warn that proposal spends less on education that the state's current formula — if the state funded that recommendation properly.

Under the proposal, new teachers will be paid by a model each district selects rather than a statewide schedule, which pays more for experience and credentials.

The formula would give schools more money for each student considered gifted, "economically disadvantaged," or those whose native language is not English.

The full commission appointed by Deal meets Thursday.

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