Education Finance

New Brief on Head Start Shows it Provides Vital Access to Early Education, Economic Benefits

Head Start programs are highly concentrated in low-income and rural areas of Georgia, providing vital access to early education and supporting at least $71 million in total economic output there, according to a new study by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.

The analysis found that in many rural,… more »

Recovery Continues for School District Local and State Revenues

During the Great Recession, school districts in Georgia saw their revenue decline at both the state and local level. Austerity cuts were implemented at the state level, and property tax digests decreased, affecting local revenues. This blog briefly summarizes the geographic pattern and timing of declining and recovering revenues across Georgia’s school districts during… more »

School Funding: New ESPLOST Policy Considerations

Brand-new schools, technology upgrades, and classroom additions are among the many sought-after items that school leaders consistently look to fund. But, finding effective solutions to meet pressing needs is not easy.

Traditionally, districts have used debt financed with property taxes to fund school construction and upgrades. But, ESPLOST, or special purpose local option sales tax… more »

Increasing Tax Digests Could Help Some Large Georgia School Districts

Georgia’s statewide per student property tax digest has been declining since the Great Recession, affecting school districts’ revenues and, thus, their budgets. Finally, after five straight years of declines, the statewide per student property tax digest is growing – a 1.6 percent increase between fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

The recent growth in the statewide… more »

Scafidi’s Hasty Conclusions about FRC Report on the Education Scholarship Tax Credit

By Robert Buschman and David L. Sjoquist

In his December 12 GPPF blog postwith Georgia GOAL’s Jim Kelly and his more detailed comments linked there, Ben Scafidi accuses us of “outright errors, implausible assumptions and a lack of balance” in our recent report on the fiscal effects of Georgia’s Qualified Education Tax… more »

Trends in Georgia School Staffing 2001-2012

Differences in the severity of instructional spending cuts by public school districts across Georgia are depicted in a series of breakout maps to accompany the FRC Brief “Trends in Georgia School Staffing 2001-2012.”

The maps underscore the report’s finding that the spending reductions cut across geographic regions as well as urban, suburban and rural districts.

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