NOT SUPPORTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS PLACES OUR COUNTRY AT RISK
As a retired state legislator recently told me, we are losing the globalization battle because we are not supporting public education the way we should. Other developed countries are getting better outcomes in their schools. This problem is really being accented with the news that the Muscogee County School system is facing budget cuts of almost $44 million over a three-year period. This is going to cause drastic cuts in programs and personnel.
The MCSD Board of Education now has to decide what cuts in programs and services will have to be made to implement the cuts handed down by the legislature. At Monday night’s MCSD Board work session, Superintendent Susan Andrews gave the board a list of proposed cuts, which include reductions in staff, and ten fewer school days for which teachers will not be paid.
The upcoming statehouse elections should be very interesting indeed. School teachers can greatly influence elections. Ask former governor and candidate-for-the-job-again Roy Barnes.