Budget crisis delays work on K-12 funding formula

ATLANTA (AP) - Work on revamping Georgia's 20-year-old education funding formula has come to a halt as the state deals with the worst fiscal crisis in decades.

The Investing in Educational Excellence task force was convened four years ago by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Many said the Quality Basic Education formula was too clunky and no longer relevant to how schools operate.

Many districts have experienced explosive enrollment growth in recent decades.

Yet the group hasn't met in months, stymied by the state's $2.6 billion budget hole that has lead to brutal cuts, furloughs and layoffs in every state agency and department.

The formula was created in 1985 to determine how much state money schools should receive to educate every student, but many of the ratios used are outdated.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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