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From the Feb. 5, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
After the nationwide recession that hit the United States in 2002, the Georgia State Legislature, which is forced by the state constitution to have a balanced budget, made massive cuts in public education. They were called austerity cuts. The definition of “austerity” – sternness or severity of manner – accurately described them.
The cuts were supposed to be a temporary fix until the economy improved. Now, 12 years later, they are still being imposed.
“In 2003 when the recession started, Governor Perdue had a conference call with all of the superintendents in the state,” recalls Marion County Superintendent Richard McCorkle. “He told us it was going to be a temporary thing.”
In Marion County alone, the cuts over the last 12 years total $7.08 million (average of $590,708 per year). In Schley County the total is $6.7 million (average of $561,004 per year). In Stewart County the total is ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.