Monday, March 11, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE -- On a school furlough day, a group of educators protested sequestration in Washington, worried it could lead to more days of closed schools.
Donna Aker, president of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, joined with members of Georgia Fair Share outside Britt Elementary School, calling for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to agree on a new budget deal, avoiding $83 billion in across-the-board cuts.
"At a time when our economy is recovering too slowly and millions are still out of work, it is unconscionable that Congress would yet again ask middle class families to bear the cost of balancing the budget, rather than asking corporations to pay their fair share," said Georgia Fair Share organizer Jason Pfeifle, who said about $28.6 million will be cut from K-12 education funding in Georgia statewide.
The impact to Gwinnett County Public Schools is expected to be about $3.4 million.
Instead of cuts, the group advocates for generating more revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes.
"It's simply wrong to allow companies like GE and Facebook to cash-in their tax rebates on billions of untaxed dollars in profits while simultaneously cutting funding for vital education programs for low-income children," Pfeifle said. "It's not too late to do the right thing."