The future of our schoolchildren appears to be just a pawn for corporate interests and backroom deals for Georgia lawmakers. These lawmakers would never want you to believe it, but it’s true. For-profit charter schools have dominated the education debate this legislative session and it’s interesting to discover why.
A majority of Georgia voters oppose changing the Constitution to remove local control from city and county school boards with only 16 percent of Georgians supporting the change. Georgians between the ages of 30 and 44, those most likely to have children who are about to start or have just started school, oppose the change… [Read More]
If you believe Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), undocumented students are a huge problem for Georgia’s colleges universities. These children of illegal immigrant parents simply have no place in Georgia classrooms and dorms, he says. But the secret Sen. Loudermilk and other conservative lawmakers don’t want to admit is that there are only 300 or so… [Read More]
Perhaps the most important issue facing Georgia lawmakers today is how to improve Georgia’s failing public education system. With 95 percent of the state’s children enrolled in public schools, the answer has a deep and lasting impact on Georgia’s future. Is there hope for Georgia’s education system? Kenny B., with Macon’s Fox 24 Live at… [Read More]
Georgia neglects our youngest students. More than 106,000 3- and 4-year-old children receive some form of public sponsored education each school year. But our elected officials don’t consider these children a priority. Instead, they continue to take money away from Georgia’s teachers and schools, which leads to shorter school years and less education. This is… [Read More]
What is a neighborhood school worth? Georgia has decided that prisons are worth more than our neighborhood schools. Our elected officials have cut more than $1 billion from the Department of Education over the past three years. When adjusted for inflation, we spend $451 less per student now than we did in 2001. During that… [Read More]