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Governor signs state budget that fully funds Georgia schools
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs the 2019 fiscal year state budget at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) - photo by Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $26.2 billion budget that will send more funds to Georgia's public schools.

It's the first time in more than a decade that Georgia's budget fully funds the formula used to pay for the education of about 1.7 million children, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Hall schools have been shortchanged more than $152 million since the 2003 fiscal year as austerity cuts and inadequate state funding added up.  During that same timeframe, Gainesville schools faced a shortfall of more than $37 million from the state.

Deal signed the budget bill in a Wednesday ceremony at the Georgia Capitol.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs the 2019 fiscal year state budget Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Capitol building in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press

The full funding of the school funding formula was announced in the closing days of the 2018 General Assembly session.

Hall Superintendent Will Schofield said at that time that fully funding the QBE has him feeling like “I’m getting an early Christmas present.”

Under the budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1, the state will be pouring $9.9 billion into K-12 schools.

The new budget does not include state-funded pay raises for 200,000 teachers and state employees in the upcoming year.