Issued June 17, 2020
“PAGE is committed to Georgia educators and the 1.8 million children they serve. We know that public education must be prioritized at all times – including during economic and social crises. In the weeks preceding today’s budget proposals, PAGE advocated for minimal cuts to K-12 funding. We delivered educator concerns directly to lawmakers – provided as a report compiled from survey responses from more than 9,100 PAGE members. Click here to read the full report.
Meeting the learning and support needs of Georgia’s students in the coming school year is more important than ever. Unfortunately, in this time of great need there are also steep declines in state revenue. We are encouraged that state legislators have taken action to protect certain vital student services despite an 11% cut to QBE. However, schools will be hard-pressed to provide online learning access, academic remediation, and PPE with the proposed budget cuts. PAGE encourages policymakers at federal, state, and local levels to work toward solutions that minimize negative impacts on students, schools, and educators.
The PAGE legislative team is on-site at the Capitol and in regular communication with lawmakers on behalf of students, educators, and public education.
It is an honor to serve Georgia educators. Thank you for all you do.”