Sen. Butterworth Appointed to Education Finance Study Committee

ATLANTA (May 20, 2011) – State Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Demorest) was recently appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to serve on the Education Finance Study Committee, which will evaluate the funding formula for public schools, including Race to the Top appropriations.

“The 25 year-old funding formula for Georgia’s public schools is in desperate need of an update. I’m grateful to the lieutenant governor for this appointment and I look forward to working with my colleagues, local administrators and school systems to ensure the education needs of Georgia’s students are met and appropriately funded,” said Butterworth.

The 20-member committee contains appointments by Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and House Speaker David Ralston. State Superintendent John Barge and Scott Austenson, COO of the Georgia Department of Education, will also serve on the committee. The members will meet quarterly and present their final recommendations by September 2012.

Sen. Jim Butterworth serves as chairman of the Higher Education Committee. He represents the 50th Senate District which includes Towns, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, and Hart counties along with a portion of White County. He can be reached by phone at 404.651.7738 or by email at

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2011
For Information Contact:
Natalie Strong, Director
Katie Wright, Deputy Director