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ATLANTA (AP) - As the legislative session winds to a close, Georgia lawmakers have stalled more controversial pieces of education legislation in favor of giving some financial flexibility to cash-strapped schools.

Lawmakers chose to focus on a package of bills that grant waivers to school districts through 2013 for many of the state spending controls and other policies, like class size limits.

The state is trudging through one of the worst fiscal crises in its history, struggling to close a $785 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

That's after cutting more than $1 billion in state spending from this year's budget because of fifteen months of plunging tax collections.

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