Georgia budget cuts target school nurses

01/22/2009 | Augusta Chronicle (Ga.), The

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed cutting $30 million in state funding for school nurses, which may force many districts to lay off more nurses at a time when advocates say they are needed most. "The prevalence of diabetes is increasing among children, asthma rates are up and children born with HIV are living to be school age who in the past wouldn't have lived that long," said Susan Wooley, executive director of the American School Health Association. "That can open up liability for the schools. It is something school districts need to consider very carefully."

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