I would love to see more political debates focused on education. In most debates, education gets one or two questions, and most of the answers are the stock responses about raising the bar and improving teacher quality. There is no time for candidates to spell out how they would accomplish those goals.
Here is a release from David Poythress challenging Roy Barnes to an education debate. For quick background on the recent spat between the two candidates that preceded this press release, check out Political Insider
“Today, General David Poythress, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, challenged former Governor Roy Barnes to debate on education in Georgia.
“I called Barnes on the carpet for disrespecting the Democratic Party to a group of mostly Republicans, and his response was to accuse me of ‘ignoring the real issues,’” says Poythress. “Well, I’ve been talking about the critical issues facing Georgia since I entered the race last year.”
“While Barnes and I have different ideas for the challenges facing the next Governor, the largest difference between our policies are in the field of education,” says Poythress. “My highest priority will be to transform our public schools into 21st Century classrooms, giving our educators the tools they need to produce a globally competitive graduating class each and every year.”
Poythress, in a series of policy statements and to audiences across the state, has made the centerpiece of his campaign the transformation of our public school system.
Although Barnes has issued no written statements of his plans for education, the policies he has advocated at public events are nothing new – just the same ideas he advocated in the past.
“I stand ready to meet Barnes in the location, date and time of his choosing to discuss our plans for education,” says Poythress. “We’ll even pick up the tab for any costs associated with the venue.”