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									   The Effects of Austerity Cuts
The cumulative amount of the “temporary”
austerity reductions taken from QBE formula*,
beginning in Fiscal Year 2003 and continuing
today in 2007: over $1.25 billion.
Governor’s proposed FYO8 budget, the QBE
funding will suffer another cut of over $139.9
million.
*The QBE (Basic Quality Education) is the
state education funding formula, which is our
current state law.
   The Effects of Austerity Cuts

To date, these cuts in state funding
amount to over $6,000 per classroom,
or $711. 06 per student enrolled. These
numbers do not even take into account
the lack of any adjustment for inflation.
These are funds that were earned by our
school systems per student enrolled, but
that were cut by our state leaders.
  The Effects of Austerity Cuts

What our legislators might tell you:
the total amount of state funds have
increased by $1.2 million since FY02
Fact: The state funds allocated on a
per-student, inflation-adjusted basis
has actually decreased by 6.3%
since 2003.
    The Effects of Austerity Cuts

“The demands placed upon our teachers and
administrators have never been greater. We are all
continuously required to do more with less. If the
current proposed budget remains in place, we can
expect to see another increase in local taxes, a
reduction or limitations placed on programs and
initiatives, more school trailer parks and less new
school construction, and more systems spending
their reserve dollars.”
Jim LeBrun, Superintendent, Jones County
Schools
  The Effects of Austerity Cuts

The National Center of Education
Statistics reports that the US DOE’s
Averaged Freshman Graduation rate
for Georgia is 63.2%, 49th in the
nation. To meet the challenges of
our global economy, we must
improve our education outcomes.
   The Effects of Austerity Cuts
We asked you to send us information about
the effect of austerity cuts to your schools.
We also asked our school systems to report
their austerity cut figures and how they
have impacted their ability to deliver a
quality education to Georgia’s children.
When put all together, it is obvious that our
teachers and local systems are trying to do
more with fewer resources. Here is a
sampling of what you sent us:
    The Effects of Austerity Cuts
    DeKalb County Schools: Cumulative Austerity
          Cut FY03-07: over $71.2 million
       Reports from DeKalb principals
 Technology —funds allocated to purchaseplans
Teachers- budgetmaterials and programs and
       Media Center cuts have impacted
    upgrade technology reduced from $5.5 per
    reduced from $19.54 per grades 4 and 5
   to reduce class sizes inFTE to $9.77 per
  student school per student. Result: In older
because to $1.15Reductioncan’t afford to but
  FTE in FY2003. budgets has continued, hire
    costs especially, equipment is worn-out and
 schools for books, online database and print
  enough teachers. Also, a direct impact is
outdated. Meanwhile, Georgia’s k-12 Technology
   subscriptions and computerfrequencyhave
                            the programs and
   caused by ―reducing technology integration
 Plan requires increased ―budget cuts have
     risen. Accordingly, the
       amount of staff salary of austerity
 into the curriculum. Because increases.‖cuts,
   greatly reduced media center resources.‖
               this isn’t possible.
    The Effects of Austerity Cuts
      Reports from DeKalb principals continued


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                Supplies- ―teachers
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       Immigrant budget cuts have
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         and upkeep
    instructional supportbuildings.
       other curriculum materials.‖
    child through a variety of
    needs for the LEP students.‖
      teaching strategies.‖
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
             DeKalb parents perspective:

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                             for next year.”
       -Roosevelt & Revenda Bannerman, PTA parents
        -Angela Hansberger, PTA parent
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
 Henry County Public Schools: Cumulative Austerity
           Cut 2003-07: $25,868,004


Instructional Sacrifices during the period of austerity reductions:
•Have not purchased new textbooks adoptions in five years
•Sharply reduced the allocations to schools for materials,
       supplies, equipment, media materials from $120 to $65
       per child
•Delayed needed technology refurbishments/upgrades
•Eliminated regular education paraprofessionals at all grade
       levels except kindergarten
   The Effects of Austerity Cuts
Clayton County Public Schools: Cumulative Austerity
         Cut 2003-07: over $43.9 million


 “To date, the Clayton County School
District has suffered a cumulative total
   of over $43.9 million in austerity
       reductions since FY 2003.”
-Dr. Barbara Pulliam, Superintendent, Clayton County
                      Schools
   The Effects of Austerity Cuts
   Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools:
Cumulative Austerity Cut 2003-07: over $28.8 million
          Chatham County Elementary Principal:

  ―All of the computers are
 outdated...Money has been
  cut from technology. This
 would be across the board in
      Chatham County.‖
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
      Cobb County: Cumulative Austerity Cut 2003-07:
                    over $84 million

     The $84 million was earned per increased
    ―Several factors, including austerity cuts, anstudent
Local Fair Share obligation, and new legislation mandating
    under state law and which has had to be
 reduced class sizes, have pushed Cobb’s budget beyond
    its limit. up choices came down to cutting educational
    made The by local taxpayers. ―Because of
  programs and personnel the raising taxes, funding,
mandates regardingcosts, use of thator drawing
   from the District’s reserve fund. I want to commend the
    such as class-size reduction, CCSD now
     Board for taking the initiative to address the two most
       relies more heavily on – the funding to
critical issues in this year’s budgetlocal pay raise and the
  Instructional Lead Teacher program – by deciding to use
support existing programs that benefit Cobb
 available funds from the District’s general fund reserve..‖
                 County students.‖
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
      Gwinnett County: Cumulative Cut 2003-7:
                over $103.7million

•Increased millage rate from 18.62 mills in FY02 to
Another $12.7 million in cuts is projected for
       19.25 mills in FY07.
   FYO8, making the total cut for Gwinnett
•Cut instructional staff by 3% or approximately 3000
       positions million thereby 6 year class sizes
      $116.4 annually, over aincreasing period,
       or reducing the amount of instructional
    averaging over $41.9 million a year. To
       interventions available.
    make ends meet, GCSS at least one year
•Delayed new textbook adoptions by has taken the
•Reduced professional staff development by 30%
following steps, all while adding an average
•Deferred the replacement of computers, equipment,
           of 7,000 new students a year:
       buses
•Reduced school custodial staffing allotments by 5%
  The Effects of Austerity Cuts
 Muscogee County Schools: Cumulative Austerity
        cut 2003-07: over $25.6 million


  ―To date, the Muscogee County
   School District has suffered a
 cumulative total of $25,673,123 in
austerity reductions since FY 2003.‖
  -Muscogee County Board of Education
  The Effects of Austerity Cuts
Jones County Schools: Cumulative Austerity Cut
           2003-06: $4.01 million
Sacrifices made during the period of
austerity cut:
•Technology
•Delayed textbook purchase
•Staff reduction
•Reduction of bus purchases
•Increase in millage rate
•Forced to spend Fund Equity Reserves
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
         Fulton County: Cumulative Austerity Cut
                 2003-07: $64,972,674
          Fulton County Parent Perspective:
―In the last budget cycle, we Fulton County parents
       Sacrifices made cuts of Spanish fluency
                                  won a
    ―My 6th grade daughter during the period of
                   proposed                our elementary
    had to fight flourishing because of her excellent
   award and is
         austerity cuts: In spring of 2006,
    elementary Spanish programs, school nurses,
    orchestra and band program. Now (because of
        FCSC my younger to school resource
     budget cuts)was forced andeliminate the
   counselors, psychologistsson will not have this
     opportunity. read that the Governor this the
      elementary foreign economy, is proposed
  officers. I haveIn our global language program
more austerity cuts for next year, so I am afraid that
          direction that we want to graders.
                for 4th and 5th be taking?‖
 we will be revisiting this issue again in the spring.‖
                  -Annette Kortokrax, PTA parent
               -Florence Milway, PTA parent
     The Effects of Austerity cuts
      Marietta City Schools: Cumulative Austerity
            Cut 2003-07: over $6.23 million

•Eliminate Elementary Spanish
        As reported by the Marietta City
•Eliminate Intramural Programs
           School Board in their 2007
•Decrease Field Trips
      Legislative Priorities publication, the
•Increase Teacher/Pupil ratio
      system has been required to make
•Eliminate Band Purchases
       the following ―sacrifices during the
•Reduce School Materials & Teacher Planning
         period of austerity reductions:‖
•Modify School Nurse Services
•Eliminate Planned Playground Equipment
  The Effects of Austerity Cuts
       Marietta City Schools continued
•Reduce International Baccalaureate Budget
•Eliminate Saturday School
•Eliminate One Instructional Day
•Reduction in Professional Development
•Reduction in Clerical staff, Paraprofessionals
      and Custodians
•Central Office Reorganization
•Administrative Salary Reduction
•Reduction in Administrative and Operational
      Expenses
     The Effects of Austerity Cuts
       Coweta County Schools: Cumulative Austerity
                 Cut 2003-07: $16,852,893
 Instructional Sacrifices during period of austerity
 reductions:
•Delayed textbook adoptions
•Sharply reduced allocations to schools for materials,
      supplies, equipment, media materials
      (36%-26% depending on grade)
•Delayed need technology refurbishment and upgrades
•Eliminated master teachers
•Eliminated Board paid dental insurance
    The Effects of Austerity Cuts
     Harris County Schools: Cumulative Austerity
              Cut 2003-07: $3,952,577

Instructional Sacrifices during period of austerity cuts:
•Eliminated elementary foreign language
      program
•Reduced the allocations to schools for materials,
      supplies, equipment, and media materials
•Reduced professional learning opportunities for
      teachers
•Regular educations paraprofessionals at all grade
      levels except kindergarten.
      The Effects of Austerity Cuts
            Houston County Schools: Cumulative
           Austerity Cut 2003-07: over $19.1 million

Program sacrifices during period of austerity reductions:

 •Forced to reduce the number of Subject Specialist teacher in all
       35 schools resulting in less exposure to the arts and
       physical education opportunities
 •Removed Reading Recovery programs from all but Title I
       schools
 •Delayed needed technology refurbishment and upgrades
 •Delayed fully implementing the Math Early Intervention program
       for all elementary schools
      The Effects of Austerity cuts
     Paulding County Schools: Cumulative Austerity
         Cut 2003-07: over $15.3 million dollars

Program sacrifices during period of austerity reductions:


  •Reductions in allocations to schools
       for supplies, equipment and media.
  •Instructional programs did not receive
       needed enhancements
      The Effects of Austerity Cuts
       Social Circle City Schools: Cumulative
     Austerity Cut 2003-07: over $1.3 million dollars
Program sacrifices during period of austerity reductions:

•No increases in the allocations to
     schools for materials, supplies,
     equipment or media materials since
     FY03 until FY07
•Delayed needed technology
     refurbishments and upgrades
      The Effects of Austerity Cuts
         Bleckley County Schools: Cumulative
         Austerity Cut 2003-07: over $2.3 million

Program sacrifices during period of austerity reductions:

   •Delayed textbook purchases
   •Field trips eliminated throughout system
   •Delayed needed technology refurbishments
        and upgrades
   •Fund equity has dropped from over $3
        million to $1 million
The Effects of Austerity Cuts
        GSSA Superintendents Poll

 In the summer of 2006, the Georgia School
     Superintendents Association polled
   superintendents all over Georgia. In the
superintendent’s poll, when asked about the
 impact of the austerity cuts on their school
      system, here is a sampling of their
             anonymous replies:

“We estimate that by the end of June 2006,
our fund equity will be non-existent.”
   The Effects of Austerity Cuts
     GSSA Superintendents Poll continued
“The board’s willingness to fight off criticism at
public hearings during millage adoption cannot
last. The local taxpayers… believe the local
school system is bleeding them dry while the
truth is that the state pilfering of QBE earnings is
the real culprit.”

“We desperately need help in transportation.”

“The board of education was forced to go to 20
mills and this still will not balance the budget.”
The Effects of the Austerity Cuts
• “We have not done a new textbook adoption
  in three years. We have reduced funding to
  schools for supplies, materials, and
  equipment.”
• “We have many computers that are out of
  date with current technology (and) that we
  can’t afford to replace due to these cuts.”
• “With GPS being implemented, the cuts in
  staff development have really hurt.”
• “We are beyond broke.”
Cumulative Austerity Cuts to Your Schools
 •   Bibb: 18.5 M        •   Gwinnett: $103.7 M
 •   Bleckley: $2.3 M    •   Harris: $3.9 M
 •   Chattooga: $2.5 M   •   Henry: $25.8 M
 •   Cherokee: $21.8M    •   Houston: $19.1 M
 •   Cobb: $84.0 M       •   Jones: $4.0 M
 •   Columbia: $14.1 M   •   Marietta City: $6.2 M
 •   Coweta: $16.8 M     •   Muscogee: $25.6 M
 •   Clayton: $43.9 M    •   Paulding: $15.3 M
 •   DeKalb: $71.2 M     •   Richmond: $21.3 M
 •   Douglas: $14.2 M    •   Savannah-Chatham: $28.8 M
 •   Fulton: $64.9 M     •   Social Circle City: $1.3

								
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