Updated: Jun 22
Georgia state leaders have proposed budget cuts from education to health care to avoid an economic crisis. These cuts include extensive and harmful cuts to pre-K, specifically the budget proposals include $53 million in cuts to pre-K. This translates into the elimination of 4,000 slots for Pre-K students, 60 summer transition classrooms, and funding for before and after-school care for children from low-income families receiving state child care subsidies.
These cuts would disproportionately impact Black students, as they are the largest racial/ethnic group enrolled in Georgia Pre-K.
In monitoring the Georgia Lottery Program, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute found good news for families, educators, communities, and the organizations that support them. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to restore these cuts and keep pre-K whole. However, there is work that still needs to be done, particularly with the Senate and House vote. The full Senate and House must vote to approve the same version of the proposal for the Governor to sign the budget into law.
Click this link for more information on this new proposal.
BCDI-Atlanta calls on you to become involved in the fight against these harmful budget cuts. To get involved and advocate on the behalf of early childhood education programs, please write a letter to your legislators to let them know your stance.