Nelson Mandela once said, “Quality education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and I believe he is correct. I am excited to announce that Quality Basic Education has been fully funded. For the first time in over a decade, our state’s education budget will be fully funded!
The fiscal year 2019 budget will close a lingering gap of $167 million between what Georgia’s state education funding formula says schools should get and what has been actually given to them. The state Senate and my House colleagues each passed slightly different budgets for the fiscal year, which begins July 1, so we had to reach a compromise in a conference committee. We emerged with a budget that fully funds the Quality Basic Education Act formula! This is the first time this has happened since 2002, when former Gov. Sonny Perdue implemented “austerity” cuts.
“Fully funding QBE will help ensure all of Georgia’s students – regardless of region, county, or zip code – have access to world-class public schools,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said after the agreement had been negotiated. This is a very exciting time for Georgia and her education system. I believe the effects of this will be felt statewide and will continue to be felt for generations to come. Our students today are our leaders tomorrow. I am thankful for Governor Nathan Deal, as well as my House and Senate colleagues, for accomplishing this.
Click here to read the full press release from the Georgia State Capitol.