Atlanta won’t furlough teachers

By Nancy Badertscher 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The State Board of Education on Wednesday cleared the way for school systems to furlough teachers.

Some systems, including Atlanta, DeKalb and Cobb, do not plan to furlough staff, opting instead to find money in their own coffers.

But most systems in the metro area, including Gwinnett and Fulton, have announced furlough plans that eat up one or more pre-planning days next month, just before school starts.

Teachers have been gearing up for the new school year with the knowledge that many of them may be working three days — and possibly up to seven more — without pay.

They’re technically not expected to report to work on furlough days, but, they have classrooms to organize and lessons to plan, said State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox.

“Our teachers are very dedicated, and they will likely be in the classrooms getting ready for the new school year, furlough days or not,” Cox said.

The state approved a blanket waiver so school systems can begin furloughing teachers and other support personnel for three days. The plan is part of the latest round of budget cuts pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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