The severe cuts now being made at the local level reveal a new reality in the financing of Georgia’s schools. Many systems were once able to cover the decline in state support through rising property taxes, but this fallback is now gone.
The required cuts go far beyond belt-tightening. There will be larger class sizes, fewer school days and reduced programs. Furloughs and layoffs will continue.
State officials consistently say, “We’re doing the best we can.” But there are two flaws in this excuse.