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Pay Hikes in Ga. a Recruitment Tool

By Christina A. Samuels — April 28, 2009 1 min read
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|Georgia| New fully certified math and science teachers in Georgia will start out making as much as teachers with five years of experience, now that Gov. Perdue has signed legislation mandating the salary bump.

Gov. Sonny Perdue
Republican
Senate:
22 Democrats
34 Republicans
House:
75 Democrats
105 Republicans
Enrollment:
1.6 million

The salary bill, enacted in the recently concluded state legislative session and intended to ease teacher shortages in those subjects, was signed into law April 22. It goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year.

Elementary teachers with a mathematics or science endorsement will receive a salary bonus of $1,000 a year under the bill.

Lawmakers also passed an $18.6 billion state budget, which includes about $8 billion in K-12 funding, representing about $700 million in cuts to education for fiscal 2010, the Georgia School Superintendents’ Association said. About $413 million of that reduction will be offset by federal economic-stimulus money, the group said.

The governor also had proposed eliminating funding for school nurses, which would have saved $30 million next fiscal year. Lawmakers restored $29 million of that amount.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 29, 2009 edition of Education Week

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