Former Gov. Roy Barnes announced his candidacy for governor Wednesday — seeking back the office he held before losing to current Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2002.
Pundits and others say Barnes lost that re-election because teachers were angry with him. Teachers feuded with Barnes over his plans to increase accountability or take away tenure.
Of course accountability is now standard in all schools because of No Child Left Behind.
While teachers turned to Perdue in 2002, many have since become some of his strongest critics.
Perdue has implemented across-the-board cuts, holding back some of the money all school districts should receive under the state’s school funding formula. Since 2003, Georgia schools have lost about $2 billion in “austerity cuts.”
Teachers challenged Perdue on other issues, such as proposal to eliminate bonuses for teachers with National Board Certification. (A compromise was reached during the Legislative session.)
What do you think of Barnes running for office? Will teachers support him this time?
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