GSBA Statement on QBE Increase
Governor Nathan Deal has increased the revenue estimate for FY ’19 and most of the increase is going to K-12 education to end the austerity cut to the QBE formula. This will eliminate the final $166.7 million austerity measure still left in the k-12 public education budget.
“The Georgia School Boards Association Board of Directors is pleased to receive this news and we extend our most sincere thanks to Governor Deal for leading this effort. We also appreciate the support of Appropriations Chairmen Sen. Jack Hill and Rep. Terry England as well as Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Speaker of the House, David Ralston,” said Tom Odom, GSBA President and Chair of the Oconee County Board of Education.
“Our public schools have faced grave financial challenges over the years, and despite those odds schools have persevered . We are thankful to Governor Deal and the legislature for this historic restoration of funds to educate Georgia’s public school students,” said Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director. “We have much work to do and the stakes are higher than they have ever been.”