Despite wanting to be known for improving education, Gov. Nathan Deal has cut $9.2 billion in education funding since 2003. He has tasked himself with creating takeover plan after takeover plan to reform schools, but all he really has to do to make improvements is stop cutting funding. He drains our public schools of the… [Read More]
Last year, Better Georgia and a coalition of teachers, parents and advocates fought hard to stop Gov. Deal from taking local control away from our public schools and handing our schools over to his handpicked, unelected education czar. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the coalition, voters overwhelmingly rejected Deal’s school takeover measure… [Read More]
Now that the election is over, we’re talking about who won and who lost. The good news? Georgia voters made some great decisions about things like the school takeover. The bad news? Our president. Listen in as we analyze the results of the battle over Georgia schools, the progressive movement in Georgia, and the work… [Read More]
Today we’re talking about the latest from the campaign trail, both nationally and in the state of Georgia. First we’re talking about the resignation of the Trump campaign’s executive director for Georgia, Brandon Phillips, after news of his past criminal record broke. We’re also covering the culture Trump has created, and the issue of his… [Read More]
On today’s show, Bryan and Brandon are talking about the consequences of Governor Deal’s school takeover ballot measure. What does the measure mean for students, teachers and parents? Where did this model come from? Has it been successful elsewhere? The preamble of this measure sounds ideal, but the fine print is where it gets dangerous. You… [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]
Students in North Georgia are the targets of the latest transphobic outcry. Parents in Fannin County, organized by school resource officer Anthony Walden, rallied last week against a policy supporting transgender students using bathrooms that align with their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth. Parents packed the Thursday school board meeting to… [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!”
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.
Politicians like Gov. Nathan Deal have cut billions from our local public schools, causing larger classes, fewer school days and lingering teacher furloughs. Now, the same politicians who refused to fully fund our schools have a new scheme to “save” the schools they helped destroy. Gov. Deal calls it an “Opportunity School District,” but the… [Read More]