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By Jim Wallace - bio | email
January 27, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Educators say school nurses are too important to students to be cut from the state budget.

A battle over school funding is brewing in Atlanta, as lawmakers try to find two billion dollars to slash from the budget.

Georgia Schools could lose the 30 million dollars the state spends on school nurses each year. Dougherty County Schools nurses are provided by Phoebe Putney Hospital's Network of Trust program and would not be affected.

 Educators say the nurses play a vital role in keeping students in class.

Sherwood Acres Elementary School Principal Eva Robinson said  "It provides the staff here along with the students opportunities to just go in and get examined by the nurse. And so many times this prevents them from having to go to the Doctor. "

Georgia lawmakers are wading through cuts proposed by Governor Sonny Perdue as part of a plan to deal with the historic budget shortfall. Educators hope they can find other cuts than school nurses.

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