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March 6, 2018

2019 Budget - Education Edition

K-12 Schools: 

1. A small increase in the overall K-12 budget, almost all of which is going to offset payments due to the Teacher Retirement System.

2. $Funding cuts for math and science teachers and school nurses - around $1.7 million total

3. $120 million for changes in enrollment and routine adjustments to teacher salaries

4. An increase in funding for State Charter Schools of just under $10 million

5. An increase in equalization grants of almost $30 million - this is used to offset districts who are significantly impacted by low property tax income

6. A $.1.8 million increase for the REACH scholarship program, mostly for expansion. REACH is a combined scholarship between the state and local school districts to offer scholarships to students for post-secondary education

7. $34.4 million for increased dual enrollment participants - high school students who are taking college-level courses for credit

8. A new leadership academy for principals that will start at about one and a half million dollars per year

9. $4.3 million increase for student mental health services, a priority for the Governor and some members of the General Assembly

Higher Education

Notable increases for higher education includes $1 million budget for marketing of the Technical College System of Georgia. This is a much needed boost to highlight the training and workforce development opportunities available to Georgias. Also in the budget for higher education - a four-and-a-half million increase for the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center which will expand over a dozen positions for this growing sector. 

Additional Resources:

The Governor's Budgets by year

Georgia House of Representatives Budget Page

Georgia Senate Budget Page

How the Budget Process Works