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      Tift County school system faces funding cuts

      QBE funds all the necessary operations for a school system to function, including teacher salaries and pay raises. / File


      Tift County is facing some struggles after continued cuts to Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding over the last ten years.

      QBE funds all the necessary operations for a school system to function, including teacher salaries and pay raises. They did receive some funding this year but school officials say they'll still be $3.4 million short.

      The Tift County School Superintendent Patrick Atwater told FOX 31, "one of the major impacts on our teachers in the last four years is that we've accumulated 22 furlough days. That's 22 days teachers would've been paid to come to work that they have not been coming to work."

      Atwater said the only way the school system can raise money to make up for the shortfall is through Ad Valorem taxes.

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