Nathan Deal in State of the State just now: He vowed to end teacher furloughs and pledged to keep HOPE solvent, but did not detail how he would do so, saying the General Assembly has to come up a solution.
In his closing, Deal extended an olive branch to disgruntled teachers who are facing greater accountability for student performance at the same time they are seeing salary cuts through furloughs, saying:
I also know this period has been particularly challenging for state employees and teachers. Everyone from teachers to police officers has been asked to do more with less and they have delivered. To all members of our state team, thank you for putting in the extra effort and extra hours. And thank you for refusing to make excuses. These are tough times, but the state of our state is strong.
– From Maureen Downey, AJC Get Schooled blog