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Hill to serve on education funding study committee
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ATLANTA — State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) has been appointed to the Senate Education Funding Mechanisms Review Study Committee by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The study panel will meet this summer to take a comprehensive look at the way Georgia’s public education system is funded and may recommend legislation for the 2009 session.

“Sen. Hill will be a valuable asset to the education funding study,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle.  “He is dedicated to his constituents and has worked diligently in the Senate.  I look forward to seeing the results this study panel produces for our state.”

Created by Senate Resolution 1213, the Education Funding Mechanisms Review Study Committee will examine the Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula, which has been the mechanism for state funding of Georgia’s public schools since 1985. Due to the complex nature of these funding mechanisms, including the QBE formula, capital outlay, equalization grants and more, the study panel will conduct a review to see that the current needs of Georgia’s schools and students are being met.

“As Senate Appropriations chairman, Sen. Hill has shown that he’s very knowledgeable when it comes to the way education is funded in our state,” added President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah).  “He has a solid track record in the Senate, and I am confident that he will be an asset to this important study.”

The Senate Education Funding Mechanisms Review Study Committee will be chaired by Sen. Dan Moody (R-Johns Creek).