Teacher Salary Protection Act
Friday, 26 March 2010

March 26--  The Georgia Senate voted in favor of protecting teachers’ salaries by passing Senate Bill 515, the Educators Salary Protection Act, by a margin of 35 - 11.  The measure, sponsored by Senator Preston Smith (R-Rome) and co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), protects Georgia teachers from additional furlough days.

“Education is paramount to a thriving, booming economy.  Good teachers are essential to good education. I’m pleased my Senate colleagues chose to protect teachers’ salaries during these tough economic times,” said Rogers.  “When local areas have the excess rainy day funds, that money should be used to support Georgia’s teachers.”

The proposal prevents school systems with more than six percent funding in its reserve accounts from furloughing teachers, when funding is readily available to prevent the furloughs. The state has exhausted a reserve account of almost $1.8 billion over the last two years. Most of the reserve funding went to education spending.

Education spending in Georgia increased 34 percent between 2004 and 2010. The FY 2004 budget included $8.59 Billion for education spending. The FY 2010 General Budget contained $11.47 Billion for education spending.

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