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January 10, 2007

Atlanta-  In order to grow business in Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue said the state needs a solid education foundation.

The Governor announced plans to spend over a billion dollars on education. In addition to teacher pay raises, Perdue promised to add graduation coaches to the state's middle schools. The Governor also wants to fund an online tutoring program but members of the House of Representatives education committee say they want to look at what current programs are doing for education before considering new ideas.

"I'm recommending funding for a statewide online tutoring program to reach all students. I want this program to be available to students after school and on weekends so they don't fall behind," said Gov. Sonny Perdue.

"We need to look at what we already have and if we need to streamline, if we need to add to, but we need to be held accountable for the dollars that we're putting into education and the best way to do that is to look at what we already have," said Rep. Freddie Powell Sims, (D) Albany.

During Wednesday's state of the state Perdue said last year, more than two thousand students dropped out before 9th grade.

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