ATLANTA - School districts in Georgia now have an extra month to decide how many teachers they will hire for next year.
Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday a bill that extends the deadline for educator contracts to May 15. The move is designed to give districts more flexibility as state lawmakers grapple with the state's sagging economy.
Many districts complained that the deadline was too early in the state's budget process, forcing them to sign contracts in April before they knew how much would be cut from their share of state funding. State officials are projecting a nearly $800 million budget hole for next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The law relaxes the deadline by a month through 2013.