Governor's Budget Is Proof That Education Is Number One

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Gov. Perdue signed the 2006-2007 fiscal year budget on Monday. The budget includes $217 million for teacher pay raises and another $163 million for class size reductions.

Locally, Decatur, Grady and Brooks County schools will receive funding to build new classrooms.

Lydia Hubert, spokesperson for the Brooks County Board of Education, said, "We were very excited when we heard that we were getting this money. This is money that we had already requested from the governor and it's money that will be used for our high school we're building over the next couple of years."

"A billion and a quarter of new revenue for Georgia, 72 percent of it going to education, pre-k all the way through k-12, technical and adult and our university system. It's a powerful statement that we put our money where our mouth is. Education is important," said Perdue.

The budget also includes funding to ward off increases to teacher health insurance premiums, and places high school completion counselors in every high school.