Cherokee Tribune – Report Cherokee schools No 8 on list of state cuts

23
Sep

Cherokee Tribune – Report Cherokee schools No 8 on list of state cuts

The Cherokee County school superintendent has been a vocal critic of the state government for its lack of school funding at recent board meetings, and a report released this week confirms the local district’s state funding woes.

Cherokee County ranked No. 8 out of the 20 school districts with the largest cumulative Quality Basic Education state funding cuts since 2003, also referred to as “Austerity Budget Reductions,” totaling more than $172 million, based on a September report by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a self-described independent nonprofit.

Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said the report confirms what he and the school board have been saying for some time.

“This report bolsters the concerns and pleas the school board and I have made every year to the Cherokee County legislative delegation: State ‘austerity budget cuts’ are causing serious damage to public education,” Petruzielo said Thursday. “Fewer school days, increased class size, employee pay cuts, higher taxes and depleted reserves.”

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