I just voted at my local school where poll workers told me there had been a steady stream of folks all morning.
Chatting outside with neighbors, one expressed relief that the robo calls were finally over. She lamented the horrible campaign mailers in which candidates castigated their opponents for all varieties of vile wrongdoing. If you believed all the charges and countercharges, she said the election came down to “pick your perve.”
I think this election offers two stark options for education. A Nathan Deal/John Barge regime will delight educators who believe that less is more. Districts that want less direction, intervention and guidance from the state will like the hands-off GOP team.
But I think the GOP will also mean less money. Deal has made clear that he’s promising greater flexibility to systems, not greater resources.
Those who believe that education needs the spotlights turned up to push change would like the Roy Barnes/Joe Martin regime. However, those spotlights can generate both light and heat. That won’t bother systems that want the attention and can cope with the pressure, but others may prefer a break from dictates and demands from above.
Financially, districts can expect a greater push for higher funding from Barnes.
Either way, we will have a lot to discuss over the next four years.
Let’s start now. Who won your vote and why?