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Teacher furloughs?

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Not too long ago it seemed a career in education would provide, if anything, job security. But teaching as a profession is not even recession proof. In response to the state's budget shortfall crisis, some Georgia lawmakers are considering 6 day furloughs for Georgia's 113,000 public school teachers.

Rep. Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta). who serves on the House education committee, said the furloughs could potentially save the state more than $190 million. If the consideration goes into effect, it would require teachers to take 6 unpaid furlough days in the 2010 school year. These are planning days teachers could be forced to give up and it would be up to local school districts to review their budgets and decide which days would be furloughed.

Already, some 25,000 state employees have been furloughed or will be in the near future. So far, teachers have been unaffected by state mandated layoffs.

Proponents of teacher furloughs say the effort would allow some local school systems to avoid layoffs and place more teachers in the classroom.

Last month, the Coffee County Board of Education informed nearly 40 teachers in the school district that their jobs would be eliminated next school year in an effort to balance its budget.

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