Ga. Schools to Lose Millions Under State Cuts

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools are bracing for $185 million in
funding cuts this fiscal year and even more reductions in next fiscal year's budget as the state tries to cope with it sagging economy.

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the cuts Wednesday, including a
proposal to slash $197 million from the state funding school districts would receive for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Those cuts would include the $30 million the state pays for school nurses annually.

State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox testified Thursday during a joint meeting of the state House and Senate education committees but said little about the budget cuts. Afterward, she declined comment until next week when she testifies in front of the appropriations committee.

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