Jeremy Spencer used to work for Georgia’s Department of Education. But after racially charged Facebook posts he made came to light, Better Georgia supporters put pressure on the state superintendent to fire him and it worked. In 2016, it came to light that Spencer held some extremely bigoted beliefs. His Facebook was littered with posts… [Read More]
Standardized testing provides neither fair nor helpful evaluation feedback. It requires the ability to answer superficial questions quickly, which prioritizes rote memorization and knee-jerk thinking rather than deep or creative thinking. Instead of holding schools accountable for being places where students learn how to think and and analyze the world around them, standardized testing rewards… [Read More]
A whistle blower at the Georgia Department of Education is alleging that the Department inappropriately allowed a legislator-turned-lobbyist for the charter school industry to shape policy for federal dollars intended to help low-income students. In a lawsuit filed in March and first reported on in April, former Ga. DOE employee Margo DeLaune states that a… [Read More]
After being publicly questioned about his new education plan by the state superintendent, Georgia’s highest elected education official, Deal has once again resorted to insults and intimidation. Deal’s new education plan includes the new role of “Chief Turnaround Officer” (READ: “Education Czar”), who would report to the state Board of Education. The state BOE is… [Read More]
It must be nice to be able to have opinions that are politically convenient to whatever problematic, self-serving agenda you want to promote. Take local control of school districts, for example. State School Superintendent Richard Woods doesn’t think local control is very important, until it’s a convenient platform to shield his transphobic views. Underfund our schools,… [Read More]
Because of your action, Superintendent Richard Woods backed off of his original statement that it would take two weeks to investigate. Instead, he did the right thing by taking swift action and letting Georgians know that hate speech will not be tolerated.
Together, we made Richard Woods feel the pressure on this important issue and take immediate action.
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!”