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K-12 education spending in Georgia totaled $17.5 billion in 2010-2011. Yet our student outcomes – graduation rates, core subject comprehension, readiness for employment – continue to lag the nationfootnote 1.   After years of refining and tweaking Georgia’s system of funding K-12 education, we still have a long way to go.

See Who Else is Considering Student Based Budgeting 


Georgia is one of many states working to update and improve public education funding with funding processes very similar to student based budgeting. Check out these links for news from neighboring South Carolina and also northern California.

Chicago schools to implement student based budgeting

S.C. legislation outlining tax changes to impact education funding; S.C. looking to change gap funding, simplify funding streams

S.C. Representative Jenny Horne explains how changing tax laws is necessary for public education funding improvements

S.C. began work on tax change and public education funding in 2012 session

How would funding changes affect California schools?



Characteristics of Strong Education Finance Systems Presentation to the State Education Finance Study Commission's QBE Subcommittee

Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best.

Alternative Funding Models Presentation to the State Education Finance Study Commission




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New study finds 21 states have more nonteachers than teachers in public schools

Georgia moves toward standardized teacher evaluations

Georgia Department of Education to grade schools

Reason’s how-to guide for student based budgeting

On rural schools' sea of troubles, add another blow

Do parent trigger laws fire blanks? Is it parents who really take over schools or management companies?

Georgia voters express support for more educational choice in the peach state

Georgia should increase support for education and workforce development and reverse its recent course of cutting spending



1 Georgia Department of Education. (2011). 2010-2011 Report Card: Personnel & Fiscal: Revenues and Expenditures. Retrieved from:

It is vital to Georgia’s economic future that its public education system produces better student outcomes. Reforming how Georgia finances K-12 education is integral to achieving that goal. The Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes initiative will positively contribute to the process of modernizing and improving education finance in our state.

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