Money, Poverty and the Pitfalls of Georgia’s Public Schools

Explainer
EDUCATION
POLITICS & POLICY
SOCIAL ISSUES
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
7 min read
1368 words
Beau Evans
Aug 02, 2021
Key Points
  • 1 in 17 kids in Georgia attend low-performing public schools.
  • Georgia in bottom half of states in per-student spending in 2019.
  • Low math and reading test scores in Georgia vs. most states.
Georgia struggles to stretch its tax dollars when it comes to turning around test scores and graduation rates for thousands of students in low-performing public schools. More than 1.7 million students were enrolled in roughly 2,250 public and charter schools in Georgia during the 2020 spring semester, around when the pandemic sent students home for ...

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