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Children's Week Brings Together Local and State Leaders

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Richmond County, GA -

This morning, state lawmakers met with city leaders to talk about Augusta's children and school system.

The major issues brought up: kids in poverty, their growing obesity rates, and raising graduation rates. Leaders also expressed that their long term goal is to provide universal Pre-K for all Georgia students. Everyone supported these goals. But with tight budgets, the question is: where does the money come from?

"I think every day that goes by is a funding issue. And the state legislature and cuts in Richmond County have received, which we've already been informed another 20 million next year, which gets us close to 200 million that we lost over the past seven years," said Jack Padgett, of the Richmond County Board of Education.

Padgett says the school board is looking at ways to cut costs: including closing schools and increasing class sizes.

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