ATLANTA (AP) - A battle over state funding for school nurses is
brewing as Georgia lawmakers begin the process of slashing $2
billion from the budget.

Schools are facing losing the $30 million the state spends on
school nurses each year, a cut that means already cash-strapped
districts would have to find money elsewhere or be forced to lay
off nurses.

State lawmakers are gathering this week to wade through
the cuts proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue as part of a plan to deal
with the historic budget shortfall.

Georgia may not be alone. Virginia is considering cutting $340
million from education coffers for non-teaching staff like social
workers and school nurses.

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