Deal gives lawmakers more time to review education overhaul

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ATLANTA (AP) – Gov. Nathan Deal is pushing for dramatic changes to Georgia’s system for funding education but is giving lawmakers more time to consider his proposals.

Deal told lawmakers during his State of the State address on Wednesday that he wants a full review this year of recommendations from a commission that reviewed all aspects of Georgia’s education system last year.

The Republican is in the second year of his final four-year term.

The commission’s sweeping recommendations issued in December would affect everything from how teachers are paid to how students advance grade levels. One recommendation tying teacher pay to student performance on tests and other measures has sparked opposition from educator groups and some top lawmakers.

Deal says educators should not feel offended and announced creation of a teacher advisory committee.

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