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NEA estimates Georgia K-12 schools spent $19.9 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Georgia spent an estimated $19.9 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1.9 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Georgia children in foster care numbered 13,793 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Georgia at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 13,793, a 4.9 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Georgia, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Georgia is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Georgia K-12 schools paid out $11,220 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Georgia spent $11,220 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 37th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

14% of Georgia residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Georgia residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 14 percent of the state’s population, the 10th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Georgia offers 56 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Georgia number 56, the 26th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Georgia schools get 45.1% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

More than 45 percent of Georgia public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 21st highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Georgia reach $6.7 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Georgia amount to $6.7 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the 18th highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Georgia averaged $56,329

Teachers’ salaries in Georgia averaged $56,329 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 22nd highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Georgia reach $5.3 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Georgia amount to $5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the 16th highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-2018 pay for starting teachers in Georgia averaged $35,474

A beginning teacher’s salary in Georgia averaged $35,474 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 13th lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

Georgia’s public pensions are 80.4 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Georgia’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 80.4 percent of the total, the 10th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Georgia reach $22.6 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Georgia amount to $22.6 billion, the 14th highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Albany’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Georgia

The Albany metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Georgia, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Georgia earns grade of C- for manufacturing health

Georgia received a grade of C- on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Forsyth County’s $3,828-per-month cost of living is the highest in Georgia

Residents of Forsyth County need to make $3,828 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Georgia.

Georgia’s public pensions are 76.5% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Georgia’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 76.5 percent of the total, the 16th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Georgia disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Georgia is $28,376, study finds

College graduates in Georgia have an average debt burden of $28,376, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 27.7% of total state, local levies in Georgia, study finds

State income tax revenues in Georgia represent 27.7 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

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