Do Georgia’s Low-Income Students Need More State School Funding?

Investigative
EDUCATION
INVESTIGATION
POLITICS & POLICY
SOCIAL ISSUES
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
7 min read
1285 words
Beau Evans
Feb 24, 2022
Key Points
  • More than half a million Georgia students live in poverty or other underprivileged situations.
  • Georgia is one of only six states that do not factor low-income students in its school-funding model.
  • Many state lawmakers and experts agree Georgia’s funding model needs an update – but no progress has been made.
Taxpayers spend billions of dollars each year on Georgia’s public k-12 schools, but none of the state’s education dollars goes specifically to kids from low-income families who often struggle in class, State Affairs has found. Georgia is one of only six states that do not factor low-income students into their annual school-funding formulas – even ...

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