Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has requested $700 million in funding for the state’s 34 technical schools. But with decreased enrollment, it may not be enough. The result could be faculty layoffs and program terminations.
That’s because funding for the schools is based on enrollment, which has dropped the past two years after more than a decade of steady growth. When enrollment goes down, so does the per-pupil allocation schools receive.
That means the schools are slated to receive $7 million dollars less for personnel than last year.
Ron Jackson, acting commissioner of the technical school system, said he will have to fire teachers if the system does not get more funding. On average, each school would have to lay off four full-time staffers, he said.
“We can’t have people on staff for a program that doesn’t meet the need for their community,” Jackson said.
I’m a strong advocate of technical schools because there are a great many fields where future employees are better served by technical training rather than at a four year college or university. It would be unfortunate to see Georgia technical schools fall behind or completely evaporate.