Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Education reform had its place in the president's address this week, and on Thursday he will visit an Atlanta-area school. If you had the chance to talk to him, what would you ask?
On the heels of his first State of the Union address since re-election, President Barack Obama will be heading to Georgia where he plans to visit an early learning center on Thursday. Few details have been released about his visit to the Atlanta area on Feb. 14. However, Patch has confirmed that Obama will make a stop at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga. His stop here is one of only two metropolitan areas he plans to visit following his State of the Union speech. In the speech, the president set forth a plan for education reform: highlighting the need for top-quality preschool for every American child; promoting high schools that prepare students for jobs in demand, such as science and engineering; and …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Joint op-ed in support of the Charter School issue by Jan Jones, Speaker Pro Tem of the Georgia House of Representatives, and Alisha Thomas Morgan, a Democratic member of the House.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Between now and November, hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising will be spent telling us all the differences between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. They will disagree on nearly every issue, but one area where they have found common ground is the need for more public charter schools. We feel the same way in the Georgia House of Representatives. While there are many issues that our constituents expect us to draw a hard line in the sand and oppose much of what the opposition party supports, education reform is frankly too important to let our differences in political parties get in the way. As the Republican Speaker Pro Tem and a leading Democratic voice on education, we are together asking voters …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Film pulls trigger on education reform.
Imagine discovering that an over-worked teacher locked your crying child in a storage closet at school as punishment for not following the rules. Scenes like this are getting the Hollywood treatment in the 20th Century Fox film "Won't Back Down," to be released in theatres on September 28. The movie touches on parent trigger laws, a takeover movement that grants frustrated parents the right to petition for sweeping changes in low-performing schools. The law is designed so that if 51% of parents in a failing school agree, they will be given the power to replace teachers, change curriculum, close schools, or convert to a charter school. Charters are publicly financed, independent schools that receive waivers from public school districts in …