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Panel calls for more technology in schools, less funding for administration

ATLANTA— A state commission has called for more spending on technology in Georgia schools, less money for central administration and more support for campus psychologists, nurses and counselors.

But the panel steered clear of recommending wholesale changes to the complicated formula that determines how the state distributes billions of dollars to public and charter schools each year.

The Georgia General Assembly created the panel in 2011, bringing together lawmakers, educators and civic leaders to examine Georgia's K-12 budget priorities.

The big-ticket proposals include a $20 million state grant program to expand technology infrastructure, plus more than $52 million in new spending on technology for classroom instruction. About $25 million would come from existing state allocations for local schools' central administration.

The recommendations now go to lawmakers and Gov. Nathan Deal.