Taking on your school’s abstinence only sex-ed culture is no easy task, but five graduates of Monroe County’s Mary Persons High School are advocating that their school provide a comprehensive sex-education curriculum. The school’s current curricula — “Choosing The Best” — is strongly centered on abstinence until marriage, which leaves students without the tools they… [Read More]
Black Lives Matter is calling for changes to K-12 education. BLM leaders say that African American children receive disproportionate federal funding and that even in the country’s most affluent cities public education remains highly segregated. In their proposal, the Black Lives Matter coalition names the privatization of education and lack of local control as two… [Read More]
On average, Georgians have the most student loan debt per capita in the U.S., about $5,870 per person. With just over 10 million people in Georgia, that’s almost 60 billion dollars worth of student debt. Georgia also has a 13 percent student loan delinquency rate, delinquency meaning 90 days or more late on payment. College… [Read More]
Let’s say you’re in charge of a state, say a state like Georgia, and you are deciding on budgets. What makes more sense to invest in: prisons or schools? Maybe you’d look at the overwhelming evidence that investing in quality education — from preschool through college — has significant benefits. Better school performance, better economic… [Read More]
Today we’re looking at the legacy of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Will Governor Deal go down in Georgia’s history as one of our best governors or one of our worst? Will history even remember the Governor Deal era? What does his time in office mean for the future of Georgia politics? Listen in as we… [Read More]
In this bonus episode of the Better Georgia Podcast, we’re looking at Opportunity School Districts – will Governor Deal’s ballot measure to take over schools pass with voters in November? What will happen to schools if the ballot measure succeeds? Listen to today’s episode to hear what the Better Georgia hosts think of the ballot measure… [Read More]
I have been lucky to have an incredible college experience in my first three years at Mercer University. Though I go to a private institution, “Campus Carry” legislation poses a threat to the positive college experiences of my friends and fellow students at public institutions. On March 11, the Georgia Senate passed HB 859, a… [Read More]
Vile, racist and bigoted Facebook posts from a top Georgia Department of Education official go so far past the line of acceptable it’s almost hard to believe. Unfortunately, in a time when Donald Trump is surging in the Republican primary, many conservatives believe they can speak without consequences.
Better Georgia hopes this instance leads to the toughest possible consequence: Jeremy Spencer needs to hear his boss say, “You’re Fired!”
The bipartisan rollback of the federal No Child Left Behind law has returned power to the states to decide whether and how to use high stakes tests to hold teachers and students accountable.
Now, we need to hold our lawmakers and Gov. Deal accountable by asking them to act now to reduce the number of precious classroom hours that are spent on testing.
Gov. Deal’s State of the State address Wednesday delivered what we’ve come to expect from this Governor’s office: more of the same. Just like every year before, Gov. Deal used his annual speech to showcase a Georgia that works for Gov. Deal and his buddies, but nobody else.