State of Georgia Archives: on Education


Kelly Loeffler: Make sure that we protect school choice

Loeffler: We can make sure that we protect school choice. The Democrats would overturn school choice, trapping children, their destiny for education, within their ZIP Code. I'm fighting to make sure that we fund school choice and support kids to live their dream to have that education.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Allen Buckley: Help college debt, but no government load payoff

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: In event of death or legitimate disability. Some things can be done to help those with existing debt, including allowing tax-free payments of debts by employers up to a limit (e.g. $10,000 per year). Going forward, like health care, the existence of a third party in the equation causes college to cost more than it would absent huge federal involvement. Federal loans and grants need to be decreased.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: Supports school choice including private schools

Q: Public funding for private or for-profit schools?

Perdue: Yes. Supports "school choice," including charter and private schools.

Ossoff: No position found. Focuses on increasing teacher pay and strengthening public schools.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: Free tuition is what Soviets, Nazis, Cubans, Venezuelans did

Q: Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals?

Perdue: No. Promises of free tuition are what "the Soviets did in Russia, the Germans did in '33," and what the Cubans and Venezuelans did.

Ossoff: Yes. Supports debt forgiveness and making public college, state school, or trade school education "debt-free."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Voted for DC voucher program for private schools

Q: Public funding for private or for-profit schools?

Doug Collins: Yes. Voted to reauthorize publicly funded vouchers for private D.C. schools.

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Let states send federal funds for low-income students to both public and private schools.

Raphael Warnock: No position found.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Co-sponsored education bill eliminating loan forgiveness

Q: Support lower interest or forgiveness on student loans?

Doug Collins: No. Co-sponsored an education reform bill that "eliminates loan forgiveness for borrowers."

Kelly Loeffler: No position found.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Work to fully fund Pell Grants and strengthen loan forgiveness programs to ensure graduates can pay their loans.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: College debt forgiveness for income under $100,000

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: Student loan debt should be forgiven for individuals with household incomes of $100,000 or less who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year for-profit or public college or university, including those in default.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Supports debt forgiveness; tuition free state schools

Q: Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals?

Ossoff: Yes. Supports debt forgiveness and making public college, state school, or trade school education "debt-free."

Perdue: No. Promises of free tuition are what "the Soviets did in Russia, the Germans did in '33," and what the Cubans and Venezuelans did.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Funding for low-income students for public, private schools

Q: Public funding for private or for-profit schools?

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Let states send federal funds for low-income students to both public and private schools.

Raphael Warnock: No position found.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Fully fund Pell Grants, strengthen loan forgiveness

Q: Support lower interest or forgiveness on student loans?

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Work to fully fund Pell Grants and strengthen loan forgiveness programs to ensure graduates can pay their loans.

Kelly Loeffler: No position found.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Never pay for college loans; they chose to take on debt

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: The people that should be paying off loans are the people who took out the loans. There are many people that made a responsible financial decision not to go to college. Those responsible people should never have to pay for those people who decided for themselves to take on the debt.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education

Hazel wants to introduce legislation to end the federal department of education, likens current educational system to "compulsory government education camps."
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ShaneHazel.com Oct 27, 2020

David Perdue: Helped secure permanent funding for HBCUs

David also worked across the aisle to secure permanent funding for historically Black colleges and universities. These institutions are vital to the success of so many black Americans, and David has shown himself to be a great champion for them. David told me about his experience working side-by-side with Democratic congressman David Scott to get funding for HBCU agriculture scholarships in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Source: August Chronicle on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 23, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Make trade school, vocational training, public colleges free

We need greater emphasis on vocational training. I'll work to make trade school and vocational training free for every American. I'll work to make four-year degrees at our public colleges 100% debt-free. I support a generous forgiveness program for those struggling to pay off their student loans, caps on interest rates to relieve financial stress for all borrowers, and a program that links Federal student loan payments to income so paying off student loans is never a financial hardship.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Brian Kemp: $2000 pay raise for all public school teachers

In my budget, I have included a $2,000 pay raise for all public school educators. This raise will enhance retention rates, boost recruitment numbers, and improve educational outcomes in schools throughout Georgia. By investing in our educators, we can build a strong house, a place where everyone learns and all Georgians have the opportunity to thrive.
Source: 2020 Georgia State of the State address Jan 16, 2020

Derrick Grayson: Taking God out of schools eliminated moral compass for many

I expressed before that based on my studies, we are once again living in a time of GREAT moral depravity, IN THIS COUNTRY. It may as well be Ancient Rome...
  1. We legalized the killing of our babies.
  2. 2. We took God out of our schools, thus eliminating a moral compass for many.
Source: 2019-20 Georgia Senate campaign website GraysonForGA.com Nov 22, 2019

Teresa Tomlinson: Led the fight to save women's college from shutting down

Here's how we know Tomlinson: She was one of the people who helped save Sweet Briar College when its board tried to shut it down in 2015, and one of the people who helped bring it back to life. There were lots of alumnae who rose up against the board's decision and waged a dramatic --and ultimately successful--fight that went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court. They all deserve credit for Sweet Briar still being with us. But only one eviscerated the board in sworn testimony in court the way Tomlinson did, only one used her position as a graduation speaker to deliver a rally cry for the women's education the way Tomlinson did, and only one went on to chair the board that brought Sweet Briar back from near-death as Tomlinson did.
Source: The Roanoke Times on 2020 Georgia Senate race May 18, 2019

Brian Kemp: Vetoed Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act: unfunded mandate

Analysis by 11-Alive News: Senate Bill 15, or the Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, was passed and sent to Kemp's desk, but the governor vetoed it due to concerns from the education world. The bill called for threat assessments taken at each school and mandated annual safety drills at schools. Guns were not addressed in the bill much to the disappointment of Democrat leaders. Kemp wrote, the bill "undermines local control, generates an unfunded mandate for school safety coordinators, and places a ministerial duty on school administrators, increasing their exposure to legal liability."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 110-56-14, Vote #420 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 42-11-3, Vote #434 on Apr/02/19; Vetoed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/10/19

Source: 11alive.com on Georgia legislative voting record SB15 May 10, 2019

Nikema Williams: Opposed Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act

Analysis by 11-Alive News: Senate Bill 15, or the Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, was passed and sent to Kemp's desk, but the governor vetoed it due to concerns from the education world. The bill called for threat assessments taken at each school and mandated annual safety drills at schools. Guns were not addressed in the bill much to the disappointment of Democrat leaders. Kemp wrote, the bill "undermines local control, generates an unfunded mandate for school safety coordinators, and places a ministerial duty on school administrators, increasing their exposure to legal liability."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 110-56-14, Vote #420 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 42-11-3, Vote #434 on Apr/02/19; State Sen. Nikema Williams voted NO; Vetoed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/10/19

Source: 11alive.com on Georgia legislative voting record SB15 May 10, 2019

Renee Unterman: Supported Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act

Analysis by 11-Alive News: Senate Bill 15, or the Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, was passed and sent to Kemp's desk, but the governor vetoed it due to concerns from the education world. The bill called for threat assessments taken at each school and mandated annual safety drills at schools. Guns were not addressed in the bill much to the disappointment of Democrat leaders. Kemp wrote, the bill "undermines local control, generates an unfunded mandate for school safety coordinators, and places a ministerial duty on school administrators, increasing their exposure to legal liability."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 110-56-14, Vote #420 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 42-11-3, Vote #434 on Apr/02/19; State Sen. Renee Unterman voted YES; Vetoed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/10/19

Source: 11alive.com on Georgia legislative voting record SB15 May 10, 2019

Brian Kemp: Broadened prohibition on sex between teachers, students

Legislative Summary: SB9: A BILL relating to invasion of privacy, so as to prohibit sexual extortion.

Analysis by Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Georgia General Assembly broadened a prohibition on sex between teachers and high school students. Current law, which prosecutors find difficult to enforce, prohibits sexual relations only when the teacher has "supervisory or disciplinary" authority over the student.

Govenror's Signing Statement : SB9 addresses the power differential between teachers and students who may technically be old enough to consent to sex but are to be considered incapable of consent under the circumstances.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 149-2-29, Vote #414 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 51-0-5, Vote #410 on Apr/02/19; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/7/19.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.:Georgia legislative voting record SB9 May 7, 2019

Nikema Williams: Broadened prohibition on sex between teachers, students

Legislative Summary: SB9: A BILL relating to invasion of privacy, so as to prohibit sexual extortion.

Analysis by Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Georgia General Assembly broadened a prohibition on sex between teachers and high school students. Current law, which prosecutors find difficult to enforce, prohibits sexual relations only when the teacher has "supervisory or disciplinary" authority over the student.

Govenror's Signing Statement : SB9 addresses the power differential between teachers and students who may technically be old enough to consent to sex but are to be considered incapable of consent under the circumstances.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 149-2-29, Vote #414 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 51-0-5, Vote #410 on Apr/02/19; State Sen. Nikema Williams voted YES; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/7/19.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.:Georgia legislative voting record SB9 Apr 2, 2019

Renee Unterman: Broadened prohibition on sex between teachers, students

Legislative Summary: SB9: A BILL relating to invasion of privacy, so as to prohibit sexual extortion.

Analysis by Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Georgia General Assembly broadened a prohibition on sex between teachers and high school students. Current law, which prosecutors find difficult to enforce, prohibits sexual relations only when the teacher has "supervisory or disciplinary" authority over the student.

Govenror's Signing Statement : SB9 addresses the power differential between teachers and students who may technically be old enough to consent to sex but are to be considered incapable of consent under the circumstances.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 149-2-29, Vote #414 on Apr/02/19; Passed Senate 51-0-5, Vote #410 on Apr/02/19; State Sen. Renee Unterman voted YES; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on May/7/19.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.:Georgia legislative voting record SB9 Apr 2, 2019

Brian Kemp: Invest in those who educate: keep teacher pay competitive

To enhance educational outcomes and build a 21st century state, we must invest in those who educate, inspire, and lead our students. 44% of Georgia teachers leave the profession in less than five years. To recruit and retain the best and brightest in our schools, we must remove heavy burdens in the classroom and keep teacher pay competitive.

My 2020 budget proposal includes a $3,000 permanent salary increase for certified Georgia teachers. This is the largest pay increase for teachers in Georgia history and serves as a sizable down payment on my promise to ultimately raise pay by $5,000. We also include a 2% merit increase for all state employees. These hardworking Georgians play a vital role in serving our families and crafting Georgia's future. We must continue to reward their efforts.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Brian Kemp: $69 million in one-time funding for school security grants

We must prioritize school safety. In the amended budget for 2019, I have included $69 million in one-time funding for school security grants. All 2,294 public schools in our state will receive $30,000 to implement school security priorities determined by local school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, and students. But to keep our classrooms safe, we must also address the mental health issues that often lead to school violence.

With $8.4 million in additional funding through the successful APEX program, we can focus on mental health in Georgia high schools. These professionals will engage with struggling students and provide critical resources to prevent disruptive and aggressive behavior. They will inspire, mentor, and keep our students safe. Together, we will secure our classrooms and protect our state's most treasured asset--our children.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Brian Kemp: Fully fund public school education

Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Abrams: Yes. Make necessary investments to reduce long-term costs & increase long-term return on investment.

Kemp: Yes. Vows to "fully fund public school education."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Brian Kemp: Supports vouchers to attend private schools

Education: Support publicly funded vouchers or tax breaks to help parents send children to private schools?

Abrams: No. Opposes vouchers for private schools & unchecked expansion of charter schools.

Kemp: Yes. Supports vouchers to attend private schools & expanding charter schools.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Stacey Abrams: Needs-based college tuition for low-income students

Education: Increase state funding for higher education?

Abrams: Yes. Includes needs-based aid for low-income students, restoring tuition-free certificates, and funding Georgia 2025 program.

Kemp: No stand found.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Stacey Abrams: No money for school vouchers

Public education is the beating heart of our state and a fundamental obligation. As Minority Leader, Stacey advocated for fully-funded quality public education, demanded comprehensive support for struggling schools and opposed attempts to privatize our public schools. Georgia leaders cannot stand up for public education and simultaneously vote for private vouchers; diversion of funds to private schools undermines our government's responsibility.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website StaceyAbrams.com Sep 1, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Must offer many paths for higher education

As Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams negotiated the inclusion of a 1% low interest loan program for higher education and remedial classes for technical college students, and she fought for a need-based aid program in the state. As Governor, she will push for free access to technical college, debt-free four-year college, and need-based aid as a priority in Georgia. Under her leadership, Georgia will expand access to apprenticeships and invest in adult literacy options.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website StaceyAbrams.com Sep 1, 2017

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 CaseyCagle.com 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 StaceyAbrams.com 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, ElectJon.com 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, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Chief Turnaround Officers for low-performing schools

HB 338: Allows the State School Board to hire and direct a Chief Turnaround Office responsible for intervention in low-performing schools. The CTO would be responsible for conducting assessments of targeted schools, hiring turnaround coaches, and recommending potential actions for restructuring low-performing schools. Bill also creates an educational turnaround advisory committee comprised of educators, administrators, school board members and parents.

MY VOTE: YES. HB 338 is an important bill that creates a path for empirical evidence of the needed supports for chronically low-performing schools. Specifically, the bill will require the collection of necessary evidence to diagnose the causes of struggling schools--like determining whether students have proper nutrition, hearing tests, and eyeglasses--needs that must be addressed before any state intervention takes place. Moreover, the Chief Turnaround Officer must now hold extensive credentialing in the field of public education.

Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website StaceyAbrams.com Mar 30, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Voted NO on $42M more tax credits for private schools

HB 217: Increases the total amount of tax credits available for public funding of private school education via student scholarship organizations from $58 million in 2017 to $100 million per year beginning in 2022.

MY VOTE: NO. I do not support the public funding of private education, as (1) public schools are available to all children; (2) private schools are permitted to discriminate in their choice of students; & (3) our persistent underfunding of education argues against any diversion of funds.

Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website StaceyAbrams.com Mar 30, 2017

Tom Price: Allow state agencies to control Head Start funding

In 2007, when Head Start was last up for reauthorization, Price authored an amendment which would have allowed up to eight states to create Head Start "demonstration programs." In those states, Head Start funds would flow to and through state agencies rather than directly to individual providers. By moving the program from federal to state control, Price argued that states would be able to coordinate Head Start with state-run early childhood programs.
Source: NewAmerica.org on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jan 18, 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 JimBarksdale.com 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, RickWAllen.com 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, AmandaSwafford.net 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, AndrewHunt.us 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: CommDigiNews.com 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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