January 17, 2014

EDITORIAL: Election year posturing on education has begun

Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of the State message, delivered Wednesday, hit some high notes concerning education -- and it’s about time. State lawmakers have eviscerated public education funds for close to a decade. Deal, while not giving teachers a raise, something that’s mandated by the state, does have some increases for teacher training and experience. He plans to send $300 million to local districts through QBE formula, increase funding for transportation and vouchers and give $25 million in grants for digital education and wi-fi enhancements. Any dime will help -- if it actually happens. The budget will be sliced and diced by a General Assembly that has shown itself to be anti-public education.

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