GA lottery funds for ed­u­ca­tion only

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Dur­ing the 1990 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Ge­or­gia, Gov. Zell Miller pro­posed the cre­ation of the Ge­or­gia Lottery for Ed­u­ca­tion. To en­sure public sup­port for the ref­er­en­dum, he com­mit­ted to the Ge­or­gia elec­torate that all funds would be used to add to, not re­place, ex­ist­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams. He specif­i­cally sup­ported the de­vel­op­ment of a preschool pro­gram (GA PreK) and a col­lege schol­ar­ship ini­tia­tive (HOPE). The vot­ers of Ge­or­gia passed the pro­posal in Novem­ber 1992.

Facts about Ge­or­gia’s PreK pro­gram:

• There are bud­gets slots for 84,000 stu­dents.

• The max­i­mum class size is 22 stu­dents.

• The state’s wait­ing list had 4,468 stu­dents on it in May.

• There are 885 providers.

The state pro­vides about $34,000 a year for lead teach­ers and $13,611 for as­sis­tant teach­ers.

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