State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, who is running for re-election, was in town last week touring Albany schools, talking to the Albany Rotary club, and having a fund-raiser at the Corner Cafe.
I was at the fund-raiser, and it was a very successful event from what I could tell. A mostly different crowd from the GAGOV events I’ve been to, this one obviously having a mostly education-related crowd, including several officials from both the Lee County School System and the Dougherty County School Syste, including both Superintendents, at least a couple members of each school board, and Dougherty County School Board Chairman David Maschke. Also in the crowd was Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta, whom I got to meet for the first time, and Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge.
Regular attenders of these events were once again present, including State Rep Ed Rynders, occasional SWGAPolitics.com commenter Sara, and myself.
The things that stuck out about Ms. Cox’s speech to me were her pride that Georgia is leading the charge towards a national curriculum, her insistence on technology as the solution, and the person that hounded her about trying to get the State to takeover homeschooling. Clearly, Ms. Cox was extremely proud that Georgia is leading the way towards having a national curriculum – even though Federal involvement in education is completely unconstitutional. Furthermore, I can tell you from the frontlines of the technology in the classroom battle (as I was once on the bleeding edge of it), that until student discipline is addressed thoroughly, any further spending on technology for the classroom is a complete waste of taxpayer money. I’ll have a follow-on post on that though, potentially tomorrow, as a GAGOV candidate has also been discussing it recently.
Finally, one of few things Ms. Cox said that I could fully support her on was that the state has its plate more than full with public education, and that until it manages to fix public education, she would not even consider glancing towards homes schools. This was said after repeated questions from a lady in attendance who was practically begging for state takeover of home schools – about the WORST thing that could happen in education in Georgia.
Written by Jeff Sexton. Jeff Sexton co-owns the political blog SWGAPolitics.com and is a candidate for the Leesburg City Council.