WTVM 3/1/13 Editorial: Eliminating furlough days in Muscogee Cou - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 3/1/13 Editorial: Eliminating furlough days in Muscogee County

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The next school year will bring changes for Muscogee County teachers and students.

The school board recently approved its budget for the fall and the plan would eliminate year-round school, and also do away with furlough days for the district's 2,300 teachers.

That means for the first time in several years, Muscogee County teachers will receive their full and well-deserved pay.

Finding the money to pay for the change still has to be worked out, but interim superintendent John Phillips pledges to make it happen by what he calls "cutting the fat" in the budget.

We applaud Phillips and the school board for their efforts to make the tough decisions without penalizing teachers or students. 

Our educators have a tough job with a huge responsibility, but the average teacher in Columbus only makes about $35,000 a year.

The elimination of unpaid furlough days is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to how much we owe our teachers...but it is at least a step in the right direction.

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