According to Nathen Deal, Georgia’s Governor, the state’s approach to funding K-12 schools is up for review. Very political in nature, not to leave out recently being a politically heated debate during elections, congressional educational spending is a big topic for the governor and state government. The recent November elections proved tight, yet surmountable, as Deal won re-election. The candidates for governor discussed ways on improving education spending. These ways included refining the base strategy of how monies are allocated for education, and creating a separate budget all together for education funding, thus, creating a two part state budget.
The base strategy or formula for financing education includes a variety of factors such as, the number of students enrolled, staff salaries, and other expenses, not to leave out, balancing for supplementary dynamics like special education programs and local property wealth. Deal has stated it will take more than one legislative session to correct and make changes to the state’s formula, however his track record, politically speaking, has not been a good one. Recent cuts to education have been criticized. In addition, up-to-the-minute attempts by the Governor to overhaul the state’s formula have only resulted in infinitesimal changes. Conversely, educators are critical of up and coming methodologies, stating they will only restructure the spending trends to take away from covering the costs to educate the children. Does their position has something to do with the current formula not being honored by the state?
For the past seven years, the education budget has continuously fallen one billion short of the amount of what supposedly should be allocated towards the schools based on the current state formula. Hence, the government is taking away from encouraged formulated amounts. Although Deal has stated restructuring the formula to meet the needs of the educational system of the state is of main priority, the main question remains, why has this taken place; why is the government taking away from funds generated from an established formula to fund state schools? What is the truth behind these purposeful generated shortfalls!?
Deal stated he recently promoted the largest education spending the state has seen in the past seven years. However, is this the largest spending the state has seen in the past seven years based on numbers that were already reduced or being reduce over the past seven years? If this is the case, then this increase is not really valid, but only a hoax to confuse the public on what actual numbers should be and what funds amounts should be given to the schools. Spending for education really does need to get better. It has become a topic that a lot of congressmen do not want to tackle. Georgia is not alone. Many states in America struggle to meet target expenditures for education. How important is providing an education for our people, young and old alike, is to the government? A much needed debate on this topic needs to surface.
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/10/21/nathan-deal-jason-carter-butt-heads-over-education-funding-in-georgia – Georgia Governor’s Race Centers on School Funding Debate
http://gbpi.org/overview-2015-fiscal-year-budget-for-k-12-education – Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
http://www.albanyherald.com/ – Education funding focus of Deal in term two
http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/jan/15/jason-carter-deals-education-budget-shell-game/ – Jason Carter: Deal’s education budget is ‘shell game’