A year and a half ago, Better Georgia and a coalition of teachers, parents and advocates fought hard to stop Gov. Nathan Deal from taking local control away from our public schools and handing them over to his handpicked, unelected education czar. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the coalition, voters overwhelmingly rejected… [Read More]
Rural communities are in a bind, but policy makers on a state and federal level don’t seem up for the challenge. Georgia’s rural communities face poor employment prospects; the rural unemployment rate is more than twice the levels seen in the state’s urban hubs. Rural hospitals are shuttering, leaving behind communities without a key source of… [Read More]
Gov. Nathan Deal just appointed former legislator Mike Cheokas to the State Board of Education. Although there’s no definitive information available about what this means, it does give me pause. Cheokas lost his seat to Democrat Bill McGowan during the past election, in part over his support of Gov. Nathan Deal’s failed school takeover measure…. [Read More]
Education is going to be a hot issue down at the Gold Dome during the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrote a book on education reform, Education Unleashed, and it’s not promising. Cagle, the ranking Republican overseeing the Senate, primarily promotes the standard Republican model: less government, less regulation and more privatization (in the form… [Read More]
Teachers unions are asking for more from Gov. Nathan Deal after his school takeover plan failed, and Deal has to figure out how to respond. The Georgia Federation of Teachers, headed by Verdaillia Turner, wants to sit-down with Gov. Deal to discuss education. “It is time to raise the bar. Georgia voters sent a message… [Read More]
Gov. Nathan Deal has a legacy of failed education policies, from slashing billions of dollars in public school funding to pushing his for-profit corporate school agenda. So what makes his school takeover proposal any different? The short answer: nothing. On Election Day, November 8, an important ballot measure — officially called the “Opportunity School District”… [Read More]
The hotly contested education reform championed by Gov. Nathan Deal will be on the November ballot. Called the “Opportunity School District (OSD)” by supporters, the measure is really a school takeover plan, designed to benefit for-profit charter schools and their proponents, at the expense of funding a public education for all students. Gov. Deal claims… [Read More]
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.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) talks about Gov. Nathan Deal’s education “reform” proposals: “the state should not invest in private schools with public money.”