GAE 180 Student Day Initiative
Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) has a legislative initiative to return to a fully funded 180 day student contact year. Until 2009, Georgia had a mandated 180 student contact days. In 2009, the legislature instituted a process that allowed districts to get waivers from the 180 day student year. This was to give the districts “budget flexibility” because the state was underfunding the school formula. This year 71% of districts have less than 180 days (one district has as few as 144) and 80% are furloughing educators. The state has underfunded the basic school formula (QBE) by $ 1 billion for each of the last five years, and state funding has fallen by more than 15% since 2002.
Therefore, while you are in Atlanta, we are asking that you call or email the members of the Georgia House Education and Rules Committee to express your support for GAE’s 180 day legislative initiative.
What to do:
Please call and leave a message or email the legislator(s) that have been assigned to your group.
As an educator, I want to let you know how important it is for children to be in school. If our children are to reach their potential we need to have the time and resources necessary to achieve that goal. Therefore, I am asking you to support a mandated and fully funded 180 day student contract year. Thank you for your support of children and public schools in Georgia.
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As an educator, I want to express my support for a return to a fully funded 180 day student contract year. The children in Georgia deserve a world class education and educators need the time and resources to meet that goal. Thank you for your support of children and public education in Georgia.
After copying the above message, click this link then paste message into body of email:
GEORGIA RESIDENTS ONLY:
For those that want to also Tweet their support, please use #180days4GAkids
Thank you for helping GAE and the children in Georgia.