Poll: Georgia Voters Want More Efficient Use of School Funds

Originally aired: 90.1 WABE – November 12, 2015
Poll: Georgia Voters Want More Efficient Use Of School Funds

Georgia voters say the state is spending enough money on students, but it needs to use the funds more efficiently. That’s according to a new poll from the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Georgia spends just over $9,000 per student. Ryan Mahoney, the foundation’s southeast regional advocacy director, said almost half of those surveyed said that number is fine. (more…)

Governor’s panel recommends school funding overhaul, more money

Originally Published: Atlanta Journal Constitution – November 12, 2015
Governor’s panel recommends school funding overhaul, more money

Georgia schools will get another quarter of a billion dollars if Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers ultimately agree to an overhaul of the state education funding formula that was proposed Thursday.

A committee working for Deal is recommending changes that would add $258 million to the education budget, a 3 percent increase over this year’s amount, more than $8 billion. (more…)

Statement of support for the funding formula overhaul by Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission

Originally Published via: ExcelinEd – November 12, 2015

“The school funding improvements recommended today by Governor Deal’s Education Reform Commission would empower schools, educators and parents to put their money where their students’ needs are,” said Ryan Mahoney, the foundation’s regional advocacy director. “The commission’s plan would successfully modernize a 30-year-old formula that no longer reflects the requirements of today’s classroom. This moves Georgia away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a custom fit that focuses on the advancement of each and every student. The recommendations of the commission accurately reflect the will of Georgians, who voiced majority support in our poll for changing to a more flexible, more transparent, more student-based approach.”

The Foundation for Excellence in Education advocates for student-based reform efforts nationally. It’s guiding principles are they all children can learn, all children should learn a year’s worth of knowledge in a year’s time and that all children will achieve when education is organized around the singular goal of student success.”

RELEASE: Poll – Georgians support updated school funding formula

November 10, 2015
RELEASE: Poll: Georgians support updated school funding formula

By significant margins, Georgians support efforts to modernize the state’s 30-year-old funding formula to a system focused on students, according to a poll commissioned by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd).

“When Georgians hear the facts, they support common-sense reforms,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd. “They want to empower principals, administrators and local school districts with the flexibility needed to align their funding with their students’ unique needs.” (more…)