State of Georgia Archives: on Education

Casey Cagle: Options for public charter, private school or home schooling

Georgia's children are our state's future, and it is critical that we invest wisely in helping them have brighter futures here. As a child who grew up with a single mother who worked two jobs to provide a better chance for her kids, Cagle understands the difference a good public school education can make. And he believes in the importance of giving every parent and child a chance to use the option that is best for them, whether that is public school, private school or home schooling.

Since his election, Cagle has passed landmark legislation to create charter systems that allow entire school systems to bypass counterproductive regulations in return for meeting and keeping a commitment to excellence. Additionally, he has worked successfully to create College and Career Academies across Georgia so that kids who want to learn a skilled trade or get a professional certification in high school can have a chance to start earning a good living when they graduate.

Source: 2018 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Help students from early learning thru post-secondary school

Democrats understand that a good education is the greatest predictor of economic success and a key to breaking the cycles of poverty. Successful students are developed through parental responsibility and strong schools. We are dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to a first-rate education and the tools to drive our economy forward.

As House Minority Leader, I promote legislation that helps students from the earliest days of learning through the post-secondary academics.

We protect the rights of parents to help their children learn, support educators committed to holistic student achievement, and we demand well-equipped and safe schools where children have not only the freedom but the capacity to grow.

Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Casey Cagle: Declare war on high school dropout rates in Georgia

Cagle promised to "declare war on high school dropout rates in Georgia." Cagle wants to vastly expand the network of about 40 college and career academies around the state, with the goal of driving down the high school dropout rate. And he said he'll pour more state resources into boosting third-grade reading proficiency. He wrote a book about education policy that published last year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2018 Georgia governor race Apr 29, 2017

Hunter Hill: I believe the money should follow the child

Q: Gov. Deal promised to reform the dated Quality Basic Education Act of 1985, a formula-based method of allocating state revenue. Would you revise the act?

A: We absolutely have to modernize the funding formula and we need to make sure that we uphold our constitutional duty in this state to provide an adequate education for every child in this state. Part of that is making sure we have a competitive mix of what is available to our students. I believe the money should follow the child.

Q: You encountered push back from public school educators, who argue that allowing the money to follow the child destabilizes public schools by leaving them with only the most at risk students.

A: What I do know is that our failing schools have the highest per-pupil spending of any of the other schools. In other words, they're failing in spite of how much we're investing in them. Rather than just keep pouring money after a bad idea, we would provide alternatives to families and students.

Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race Apr 28, 2017

Casey Cagle: Education savings accounts including private schools

Republican Hunter Hill entered the race for Georgia governor, emphasizing his background as a U.S. Army veteran who pledges to bring a "more efficient and effective state government" and a vow to advocate for school vouchers.

Hill was first elected to a Senate seat in 2012 that represents parts of north Atlanta and east Cobb and is perhaps best known as an advocate for education savings accounts and other programs that let state school funding follow students to private schools. He said that effort will be a centerpiece of his campaign. "The overarching goal is an education system where every child has an opportunity to succeed, and expanding choice plays a large role in that," said Hill, adding: "Everything is on the table as it relates to reform." Hill said he would "spend less on low-return activities" and reinvest those public dollars in K-12 education, transportation and public safety.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2018 Georgia governor race Apr 25, 2017

Hunter Hill: Advocate for education accounts including private schools

Sen. Hunter Hill announced today that he will join the Republicans seeking to become the state's next governor. Hill was elected to the state Senate in 2012, representing portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. Hill is a U.S. Army veteran and works as the president of a coaching company for business leaders.

Hill has become a vocal advocate for education accounts that allow state funding for students attending private schools. Teachers and other education groups oppose such vouchers.

Source: WABE-NPR 90.1 on 2018 Georgia governor race Apr 25, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Hire great teachers, and reduce class sizes

All Georgians--all Americans--should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We should ensure our children and young people get the best education in the world.

Jon will work in Congress to ensure our local schools get the resources they need to hire and keep great teachers, to invest in technology to keep students learning at the cutting edge, and to reduce class sizes.

Teachers should be honored, given the support and tools they need to do their best work, and paid better.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Work to make college more affordable

Jon will work to make college more affordable. Student debt shouldn't prevent young Americans from saving, investing in their careers, and reaching their potential. Jon will work to reduce the burden of student debt on young Americans.

Jon will promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for Georgia's students and professional education to qualify young Georgians for the workforce after high school.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Invest in education without "Opportunity School Districts"

When elected, Jim will never forget that he was elected by Georgians to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. In the U.S. Senate, Jim will focus on making investments in education and infrastructure that we know will help put people back to work, train our workforce, grow our economy and increase the quality of life in Georgia for all of our citizens. Jim is opposed to the so-called "Opportunity School Districts" that will harm Georgia's educators and children.
Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Nathan Deal: Grants for technical skills training will help employment

We need to address the skills gap that our employers are encountering. With your support over the past three years, we have identified eleven areas where a student will receive a 100% tuition HOPE Grant to obtain that training. These Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grants cover 140 programs, and I am recommending that we add industrial maintenance this year to that important list. I am proposing to devote $17.1 million in 2017 for all of these programs.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Nathan Deal: Facilitate young adults learning about computer science

In order to further modernize our K-12 education system, I asked the State Board of Education and the University System of Georgia to allow certain high school computer science courses to count as core courses in high school and for purposes of college admission. Both entities have agreed, and there are currently nine computer science courses that count towards requirement. This will give us more early learners in a field that is and will continue to be in high demand by employers.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Nathan Deal: Public schools have discretion in how to spend funds

Over the past five years we have prioritized public education and we will do so again by appropriating an additional $300 million for K-12 education. We will distribute this money to your local school system under the existing QBE formula, but it is our intention that a 3% pay raise will be passed along to teachers. If that does not happen, it will make it more difficult next year for the state to grant local systems more flexibility in the expenditure of state education dollars.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Nathan Deal: Schools should use testing sparingly but effectively

The federal government has given states greater latitude regarding testing of students and I call on our State Department of Education and local school systems to evaluate their testing requirements. If a test is not necessary to advance and tailor instruction, it should be eliminated. Tests that are duplicative and do not enhance educational achievement should be abolished. For example, we did away with the mandated graduation exam--enabling thousands of students to graduate.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Rick Allen: Local & parental control, not one-size-fits-all

For too long, the federal government has employed a 'one size fits all' approach to education in America. I believe that decisions involving the education of our children should be made by parents and officials on the local level--not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.. I will fight to restore as much local control as possible so that parents--not Washington politicians--are deciding the future of our children.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Dismantle the Department of Education

It is time to dismantle the Department of Education and restore the responsibility of education to our local communities and Boards of Education. A centralized Department of Education results in a one-size fits all approach that may or may not be appropriate for different regions in the country. National standards have done precious little to actually improve education. Therefore, the closer our education decisions are made to home, the better we are able to compete and improve the quality of education. And parents who home school or choose alternative education opportunities should not be penalized by not having access to all taxpayer funded educational facilities and services.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, Sep 30, 2014

Andrew Hunt: Increase both public and private school choices

My parents founded the first Montessori school in Georgia where the love of learning and independence is instilled in children. I am passionate about education and furthering their vision for excellence in education.

Georgia has multiple leading higher education institutions which will receive continued support; however, raising standards and preparation of students from K through 12 should be a top priority. In order to do this first we must increase both public and private school choices available to parents and their children. This will create competition and continuously raise the performance bar and lead to improved performance rankings.

Source: 2014 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website, Aug 31, 2014

Paul Broun: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: What in the nature of mankind caused America's Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

Broun: As witnessed firsthand from the English Monarchy, our Founding Fathers recognized the danger of one person holding too much power, and so they established 3 different branches of government and a system of checks and balances to protect our nation from any potential abuse of power. This system was devised to prevent corruption within the government and to ensure our individual liberties and freedoms would not be lost.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Paul Broun: Big Bang & evolution: "lies straight from the pit of hell"

The candidate causing the biggest headache [in the Republican primary] is Paul Broun, a four-term GOP congressman who opposes abortion without exception, thinks the Big Bang and evolution are "lies straight from the pit of hell," (gravity waves be damned), and likened President Obama to Hitler and Karl Marx before he was even inaugurated.

Broun, nicknamed "Dr. No" for his constant ideological votes against House leadership, conceded to MSNBC that, "certainly all our Republicans are conservative to one degree or another."

Democrats are hoping Broun will stay competitive enough to push everyone to the right, but his candidacy could also have a freeing effect: if his rivals assume that Broun has a lock on the most conservative primary voters, they might turn their attention to winning moderate Republicans, many of whom are concentrated in the Atlanta suburbs.

Source: MSNBC on 2014 Georgia Republican primary Senate race Mar 26, 2014

Derrick Grayson: Common Core gets government further entrenched in education

Grayson sees the need for a big fix in Common Core, the reviled federal education package that has conservatives everywhere steaming from the ears. "Common Core is a way to get the government further entrenched in our education by making it a requirement for all institutional programs," he states. "Everybody's not going to college, but that's the premise of Common Core."

Ticking off a list of failed education policies, from President Jimmy Carter's implementation of the Department of Education to President George W. Bush's defunct No Child Left Behind, Grayson argues that inner-city black schools have been hit the hardest and that the quality of all schools are next on the federal government's chopping block. "Who still enjoys decent schools in this country? People who are home-schooled, people that are in private schools, and those in religious schools. Common Core will affect all of them, and then you will start to see the same trend that took place in many of the black schools."

Source: on 2016 Georgia Senate race Mar 24, 2014

Nathan Deal: Criticizing Common Core diverts from advancing education

Gov. Deal has conducted a delicate dance with Common Core, the education guidelines that his Republican predecessor helped set in motion. Deal supported the program initially, but last year called for the state Board of Education to review the state's participation amid growing pushback from tea party types and other critics.

But Monday, the governor seemed to lament the controversy stoked by conservatives who see Common Core as a federal takeover of education: "It's unfortunate that that has diverted so much time and attention when I think we could have spent our efforts and resources perhaps more focused on advancing education."

Deal noted that Common Core doesn't stray into more controversial subjects, such as social studies: "We've only adopted in two areas. One is math. The other is language arts. People ought to know how to write a sentence and compose a paragraph. I have a hard time seeing the political implications of the two."

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution: 2014 Georgia governor's race Feb 25, 2014

Nathan Deal: $15M for science/tech charter schools

Let me highlight some of the projects I propose for bond funding: $231 million for K-12 construction, equipment and buses; $15 million for funding for STEM charter schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, areas that are vital to our competiveness in the global economy; $35 million for water and sewer infrastructure; $50 million for repairs and renovations in the University System, and $28 million for upgrades at our technical colleges.
Source: 2011 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Sonny Perdue: Tie teacher pay to student achievement

Two years ago, our IE squared legislation began freeing systems from state mandates, bringing innovative thinking into their schools, while committing contractually to measurable student improvement. This radical move forward in education policy is already producing results.

Yesterday morning, I outlined a proposal that would tie teacher pay to student achievement. Some will defend the status quo, but it's hard for me to believe that tying pay to performance is anything other than commonsense.

Source: Georgia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Rand Knight: Federal funding for charter schools

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Vernon Jones: Vouchers for any public school

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Rand Knight: Raise teacher salaries; build more schools

We have a plan to teach children that does not look at test scores only but also teaching children how to think critically and on the fly. Weve got start funding the technology to bring our schools into the 21st century. Weve got to raise teacher salaries and start building more schools and colleges and not just prisons. The long term vision of American competitiveness must begin with the priorities of the future. Our teachers know how to teach and we cant evaluate them based on a test score.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Roy Barnes: End social promotion

The time has come to end social promotion in our schools. Now, nobody wants to have to hold a child back in school. It is difficult for them to be separated from their peers. But if some children are still behind even after we have taken every step available to give them extra help - after school programs, alternative programs, special reading programs and so on - we owe it to them to make this difficult choice.

We should do this in fairness to our teachers, because accountability is a two-way street. And if we are going to insist on accountability for our schools, we must insist that no student be promoted to the next grade level until he is proficient in the subject matter he was supposed to learn that year. But mostly, we should do it in fairness to those students who are passing through our system today without learning what they need to know. By promoting a child who is not really ready, we say, Its OK if you dont learn. Well, I say, it is not okay.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Georgia Assembly Jan 8, 2001

Zell Miller: All children should have the opportunity to attend pre-K

We became the first state to offer pre-kindergarten, free of charge, to every four-year-old. Pre-K students are more likely to stay in school, achieve higher test scores, and graduate better prepared for the workforce. More than 185,000 Georgia children have benefited from pre-K. The pre-K program reflects my philosophy of education: every Georgia child should enter school ready to learn.
Source: 1998 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 15, 1998

Zell Miller: Good schools mean money for teachers, books, reading

If we want excellence in the classroom, we must compete for the best teachers. The largest expenditure in this budget is $275 million to provide the fourth consecutive pay raise to teachers. There is also $3.7 million for our teacher Pay for Performance program. I am proposing that we buy one million new books. This budget also contains close to $20 million to provide grants for reading programs for our children.
Source: Budget Address, Georgia Jan 13, 1998

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