The United States will likely provide $20 million in federal aid to an academy in Georgia that is under fire for allegedly paying salaries of nearly $200 an hour, according to a report in the Georgia newspaper The Commercial Appeal.
The report, which cited a Georgia Department of Education spokesperson, cited a report from the Center for Public Integrity in April that identified the academy as a “top employer for qualified candidates” in Georgia, which is in the midst of an economic downturn.
The Commercial Advertiser reported that the academy paid its faculty, staff, and students a total of $1.3 million in 2015, and has hired an additional 2,300 students and staff in the last three years.
The article did not name the academy but said that the department had requested the funding to “ensure that all qualified candidates are receiving a fair compensation.”
Georgia is one of at least eight states that have announced funding for an academy, which may be eligible under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
However, some of those states have found that paying a small percentage of salaries could be an obstacle to their attempts to attract qualified applicants.
“A number of states, including Georgia, have announced a commitment to a specific type of training, but they are also limited in the number of schools that they will support and in how many schools they will be able to sponsor,” the Center on Media and Democracy’s Heather Martin told Ars.
“There’s a lot of competition in those markets right now, so it’s a challenge to have a comprehensive approach.”
“There is a lot to like in the academy that Georgia is doing,” she added.
“It has the most robust program of teacher training that is available to the public.
They have a very strong research and development program.
And they have a robust, well-equipped research program that is not just funded by the federal government, but by state governments, as well.”
Martin pointed to a recent report by the Center’s Georgia chapter, which found that Georgia’s $10 million investment in a new academy in the Atlanta area was a significant contribution to the state’s overall economic recovery.
The College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia is currently the only accredited pharmacy school in Georgia.
The school’s graduates are considered one of the most competitive in the country for job openings, according the Center.
Georgia has also been among the states that has the nation’s largest number of qualified teachers.
In 2015, Georgia ranked 12th among the 50 states in the percentage of high school teachers who had earned a bachelor’s degree, according a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.
The state also had the highest number of registered nurse practitioners in the nation in 2015.
Martin said that while the Georgia state government may have the incentive to fund an academy if it wanted to, it would have to look at other options.
“In order to have the opportunity to attract high-quality teachers and to have that training, the incentive is not necessarily there, which has been the case in many other states,” Martin said.
“But they should be able [to] look at all of the incentives they can find.”
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank, recently released a report that found that the cost of attending an academy can range from $2,000 to $18,000 per year.
“The incentives for private companies to create academy training centers are far greater than for state and local governments,” Martin told us.
“If you look at the incentives available to companies in the private sector, the ones that are the most attractive are those that are designed to reward high performance and the hiring of qualified people.
There are no incentives in place for the state and the federal governments to pay them to create academies.
They need to find ways to do that.”
Georgia currently has no academy funding, according Martin.
The Department of Health and Human Services has allocated $15 million for the creation of an academy and $5 million for a pilot program to determine how it could work in Georgia and other states.
“What we are really looking at is a national model for a national academy,” Martin added.