Georgia Education Budget Cuts

The superintendent of Thomasville City schools says the news of the proposed statewide budget cuts should not have been a shock to most school systems. In fact, Jim Cable says a group of school officials were warned about the possibility just three weeks ago.

"The state revenue is off by what was projected so it necessities cuts across many of the state agencies, including schools," says Jim.

Cable says the school systems should have been aware of the 2.5 percent cut for this year since the budget process that started last February.

"I think it could be some systems that did not heed to the warning and those will be the ones having some problems"

Problems like having to raise taxes to make up for the loss of state funds. Fortunately, Thomasville will not have to worry about that, though cuts were made to schools systems' art, music and P.E. programs. They are set to handle the overall seven and half percent state cuts.

"Schools officials were prepared to work with a balanced budget for this year and next, unfortunately it did not include money for raises in teacher salaries, but those affected say they're not surprised."

Denise Fletcher of Thomasville High School says she's seen the effects that the cuts have had in the classroom and the students' needs have to come first.

"When we don't even meet their needs in a way that we would like to then, it doesn't surprise me that I won't be getting a raise," says Denise.

She says she's very disappointed, but it will have no affect on the passion to educate.

"A teacher is mostly a job where you feel compelled to be here it's just what you do, so I would do it no matter what"

This the second consecutive year that Georgia teachers have not received their raises. Schools say this will be discussed when the legislature meets up again in the winter.