Former DeKalb County School Board Member runs as Republican in 2014
Dunwoody, Georgia November 11, 2013
Self-proclaimed “Mom with a calculator” Nancy Jester announced she will enter the 2014 election for State School Superintendent, running in the Republican Primary.
“I asked you to join me today so that I could share with you my decision to run for the State School Superintendent of Georgia,” said Jester.
“I am dedicated to improving the educational lives of Georgia’s children. I am also committed to being a watchdog for the taxpayers of our state. Georgia spends in the top ten, in aggregate, on k-12 education. We spend more per pupil than every state that borders us. We spend more per pupil than Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas yet these states and every state that borders Georgia has a higher graduation rate. This must change,” said Jester.
“Our campaign will provide a reality check on the return on investment you are getting for the largest single expenditure in our state budget. Our campaign will focus reforms that make certain that your money is spent on children, in the classroom and not to grow bureaucracies,” said Jester.
“Families and students across our state deserve educational freedom. Georgian’s deserve a vastly improved civics curriculum that focuses on teaching our children about the rich history and traditions that are enshrined in our founding documents. Every child in Georgia should know The Bill of Rights!” said Jester.
“Together we can fix thing. Together we can refocus Georgia’s educational spending and priorities. Together we can teach our children about freedom and make sure they can inherit it through a solid and meaningful education. Together we can put the classroom first,” said Jester.
Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal removed six members of the DeKalb County School Board after the regional accreditation agency placed the school system’s accreditation on probation for reasons that included lack of effective fiscal oversight and pointed to deficit spending by the administration.
In May 2012, Nancy Jester was the first person to directly address the fact of deficit spending by the DeKalb County school system. The report by the accrediting agency cited overspending in the precise areas that Jester criticized the system for overspending.
Senator Josh McKoon, a Columbus, GA Republican, joined Jester at her announcement.
“Nancy Jester brings the knowledge, experience and tenacity necessary to take on the awesome task of serving as our next State Superintendent of Education. During her service as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Education, Nancy asked the tough questions that revealed the gross mismanagement which even now is resulting in positive change for children in DeKalb County. As an actuarial consultant Nancy has the experience and knowledge to drill down into our state education bureaucracy and make it work for our kids. As a mom she has a passion that in my view is unrivaled to see that we achieve the goal of access to quality education so every child in Georgia can realize their potential. That is why I am proud today to endorse her candidacy for State Superintendent of Education and look forward to working with her to dramatically improve K-12 education in our state,” said McKoon.