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]
If Gov. Deal is so proud of his school takeover plan, why won’t he tell us who’s backing it and who stands to benefit from it? Why the secrecy? Because as Daphne Hall, a retired teacher, makes clear in her Letter to the Decaturish Editor: “The Opportunity School District is just another ‘opportunity’ to divert funds from public… [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]
Thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB), parents and teachers will get a chance to have their perspectives considered for Georgia education policies. State Superintendent Richard Woods has put together seven committees to consider feedback on ESSA implementation and to help write the state plan. Cobb Superintendent… [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.”
Today is one of my favorite Mondays. Tonight, I will cheer for my alma mater, Alabama, as the Crimson Tide plays to win the college football national championship. I’m also hoping Kirby Smart brings all of his success at Bama back to UGA and Athens, the city I now call home. But first, Better Georgia… [Read More]