Depending upon your viewpoint, the state of Georgia is either systematically destroying its public school system or merely allowing it to deteriorate.
Recent local headlines detailed the problems in Commerce, where the tax rate is going up four mills in large part because of state spending cuts, and in Jackson County where declining property values in concert with state spending cuts mean more personnel cuts are likely. Meanwhile, students in Commerce will attend school 174 days this year instead of the former 180, and some systems in Georgia have had to cut their school calendar by as much as 36 days. Cuts to the Board of Regents are pushing the cost of attending Georgia colleges beyond the reach of many students, or burdening them with excessive student debt.
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