The Professional Association of Georgia Educators
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators provides educators with professional learning that enhances their competence, confidence and leadership skills, leading to higher academic achievement for students, while providing the best in membership, legislative and legal services and support.
With more than 84,000 educators, administrators and school support personnel, PAGE is Georgia's largest organization for professional educators. (See Growth Chart, 1975-2013.) PAGE offers unmatched legislative advocacy and legal protection. Attorneys are available by phone, email or fax during business hours.
We invite you to learn more about the benefits of PAGE membership and services, locate important legislative information impacting education and get answers to questions ranging from legal issues to teaching concerns.
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Nearly 4,000 Georgia educators responded to the 2013 PAGE Education Policy Survey that will inform the association’s legislative action in coming months.
Survey results show that Georgia educators are disheartened by ongoing education austerity cuts and the resulting class size increases, which, they say, jeopardize student discipline and instruction. Furthermore, Georgia educators are not afraid of comprehensive and fair performance evaluations and they have thoughtful insight regarding school safety.
Most of the 3,989 respondents were veteran educators. Read the full summary.
Most States Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession
Georgia and several other states are providing significantly less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than was provided six years ago, reported the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This is cause for concern when the U.S. needs to produce workers who can master new technologies and adapt to a complex global economy. Read the report.
GBPI Report Shows District-by-District Impact of Budget Cuts
Cutting Class to Make Ends Meet, a report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, details the impact of funding cuts for K-12 schools. GBPI surveyed the state’s 180 school districts on the changes they have had to make after years of budget cuts; 140 districts (representing 93% of K-12 students) participated. Among key findings:
- 71% of the 140 districts have cut the school calendar to fewer than the standard 180 days. More than 95 percent of the districts have increased class size since 2009.
- 80% will furlough teachers this year.
- 42% are reducing or eliminating art or music programs; 62% are eliminating elective courses; and 38% are cutting back on programs that help low-performing students.
Read the report.