Georgia school board votes to raise tuition by 1%

A Georgia school district is debating whether to raise the cost of tuition by more than 1%.

The Georgia Board of Education voted Monday to raise enrollment by 1.5 percent from the previous year.

The plan was approved by the board at its meeting in Atlanta.

The increase will be phased in over a two-year period starting in 2018, and it will include $200 million in increases for the 2018-19 school year and another $200 billion in 2021-22.

The school board will also approve $5 billion in new spending for school infrastructure and other projects in 2018-2019.

The board will use that money to offset the effects of the proposed 1.8 percent tuition increase, which is part of a package of spending measures that included the state budget.

The Georgia Public Broadcasting Service reports that the proposed tuition hike will increase annual spending for public schools by more then $8 billion.

That will be more than double the projected budget increase for the upcoming school year, which will cost $6.6 billion.