MARIETTA, Ga. -- Some educators are questioning a Georgia school system's decision to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an out-of-state education conference in a time of declining budgets.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Cobb County Schools will pay at least $300,000 for sending 150 teachers and administrators to an Orlando-area five-day education conference this summer.
Earlier this year, the district eliminated 350 teaching positions, giving teachers three furlough days and delaying pay raises for several employees.
John Adams, executive director of the educator's advocacy group Educators First, says the "Model Schools Conference" is a good event, but cost too much and was the wrong thing to do when jobs were being eliminated.
Judi Jones, the district's chief academic officer, says the conference boosted morale and gave educators valuable teaching strategies.