Nathan Deal: Give it up for teachers. (Applause, not money.)

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

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January 12th, 2011
2:38 pm

Hmmm, waiting for the other shoe to drop.


January 12th, 2011
2:43 pm

Are you there, Maureen? What are the details of his plan?


January 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

Never mind to my second question. You added to the blog while I was asking. Of course, no details….just hollow words.


January 12th, 2011
2:52 pm

So, I guess he doesn’t see any need for change since state employees have been able to provide more with less. Why should we waste the tax money that should be refunded to his rich friends…


January 12th, 2011
2:56 pm

Deal enters office needing a plan to pay down his own debt. I’m willing to bet Deal leaves office debt free, and a rich man.


January 12th, 2011
3:01 pm

So the legislators get the blame….

Nathan Deal Snowmaggeddon

January 12th, 2011
3:01 pm

@Teach 2:56

So he should or what else is higher office for? Perdue came in slightly rich and is leaving convincingly rich….


January 12th, 2011
3:01 pm

Applause for all of the teachers out there! They are hanging in there for the sake of the children even though their job is a thankless one, well except for the precious children who actually say “thank you” write notes saying”I love you”. I keep my one note hanging up as a constant reminder of why exactly I am doing this. It is really special when you get one of these from a middle schooler! The problem is…dedicated teachers that you can thank will soon be few and far between. I wonder what the back up plan is when teachers can no longer take the constant uncertainty of their future let alone the one they are preparing the children for.


January 12th, 2011
3:09 pm

Roy and Sonny made promises too. LOL.

What's best for kids?

January 12th, 2011
3:20 pm

@Nathan Deal Snowmaggeddon
Gee, I thought that higher office was to, oh, I don’t know, make a difference? Show pride on one’s state?

Inman Park Boy

January 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

Public school teachers made a choice early in life to work for the government. It was a choice freely made. Now that times are bad for ALL of us, there ie no way to maintain the same level of feed at the public trough. NO one today is getting raises; EVERYONE’S benefits are poorer. What is it about public teachers that would make their jobs any different?

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January 12th, 2011
3:29 pm

A lot of answers will come from the budget he presents


January 12th, 2011
3:31 pm

Words are easy. But teachers need more than words. We need to have substance. We need for our concerns to be recognized. We need for our knowledge and professionalism to be recognized. We need to be accepted as the ones who really know how to improve education. We need support instead of punitive measures that hold us and us alone accountable for learning in this state. And, as Justin said, we need for EVERYONE to recognize that we cannot continue to do more with less. We need to know that our jobs are not dependent on disgruntled taxpayers who refuse to hold students and parents accountable and who want to use teachers as scapegoats. Words are easy. Change– real change- is not.

What's best for kids?

January 12th, 2011
3:32 pm

IPB, you are correct, but we do expect to be paid what is on our contracts, which has not happened in the past five years that I have been teaching; we do expect decent benefits, which seem to get worse and worse; we do expect to have some sort of respect, which has gone by the wayside since probably the unveiling of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
When the private sector is doing well, no one wants to go into education because it doesn’t pay well. Now that the economy is bad, the private sectro screams that we need to feel the same pain. Can’t have it both ways.

WE lost our way

January 12th, 2011
3:43 pm

Here is the long range affect to his plan. When you cut/layoff 14000 state employees you increase the unemployment rate and will have to start paying unemployment benefits out of state funds.This one act could cost the state over 70 million per year in unemployment benefits.Second affect is the 14000 currently pay into a state retirement that is only funded at 80%.This retirement fund is a guaranteed fund not a 401K,therefore the state will have to make up the difference in the short fall of several millions of dollars each year that the employees were paying out of their paycheck.Sound like a good idea to the layman on the street but it only adds a problems down the road.Good luck to the teachers,but I see changes in the wind in the coming years for everyone funded by public/tax monies.


January 12th, 2011
3:54 pm

I actually do appreciate the public acknowledgement of the patience teachers have had with a very neglectful state. My biggest desire is to see a long range plan on how to fund our schools in Georgia. It was not just the recession that led to our problems. The funding was already $1 billion below QBE full funding in 2002. Both Democrats, who were in charge then, and Republicans, who were about to be, agreed on that figure at that time. Then the months of work by Gov Perdue’s IE2 Commission found the same figure. Sadly, by then ideology had replaced understanding as the ruling modus operandi and IE2 became a “flexibility” issue, not as Perdue said in its kickoff..”a chance for Georgia to see how much excellence costs”…We knew; we know, and we have not cared. Perhaps, the son and husband of a teacher will stumble into a plan to actualize long term funding needs. After 34 years teaching, I am still an optomist.

Top School

January 12th, 2011
4:25 pm

Last words…Hide and watch…
Deal’s rhetoric is preparing the teachers in Atlanta Public Schools and will be his attempt to squelch the AJC’s disclosures of the CHEATING scandal.

His plan is clearly visible to those of us that have been in his circle. While you are listening to this plan…keep in mind the information below.

In closing I will tell you…Kasim Reed’s statement ” APS accreditation loss would be catastrophe” is designed to prepare you for Governor Deal’s cover-up of the APS issues. White Northside and Black APS Administration want the APS system to remain this way. THIS IS THE WAY IT WORKS IN ATLANTA GEORGIA. And, if you don’t think so …do the research… interview those involved…ask Beverly Hall and Kathy Augustine why they SUPPORTED this leadership on the NORTHSIDE of ATLANTA…

As the AJC MEDIA and Kasim Reed make headlines like “APS accreditation loss would be catastrophe” …they are setting the public up for their rhetoric to twist the issues so all the cheating issues can be swept under the rug.

THE CATASTROPHE is THIS…Why would the general public let Atlanta Public Schools get away with the CHEATING without demanding that those involve be criminal charged?

Too many sociopathic public/business officials are creating catastrophes and we are allowing them to walk away with a smile on their faces and their pockets full.

Nobody seems to hold the leaders in powerful positions responsible for their corrupt actions.

And our children are modeling this behavior…

When will the public say ENOUGH ALREADY.

“DEAL” does not exactly set the example of an ETHICAL leader for the rest of us to follow.

Top School

January 12th, 2011
4:32 pm

The current system the Elite Wealthy White FOLK use to solve their NORTHSIDE challenges are the ENVY of the Connected Elite BLACK FOLK that are trying to stay in the LOOP of the illusion of SUCCESS.


The media foundation of Governor Deal’s APS-HOUSE OF CARDS.

Top School

January 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

No mention of the GBI investigation???
Where is Beverly?

Watch how the temperature is lowered on this APS back burner.

Raw Deal or Real Deal You Decide

January 12th, 2011
5:05 pm

They won’t have to furlough teachers because they are going to fire a ton of them. The Department of Education is getting hit with a 750 million dollar funding cut. Pre K (Bright Start)…30 million dollar cut, Board of Regents 210 million, Student Finance Commission 280 million dollars. Yeap…education in the great State of Georgia is going to get much, much better. I see the companies lining up to bring their employees to this State. Even after the econmic commission stated that companies care more about education, infrastructure and quality of life when deciding where to do business, this is what you do…kill education funding from K-College. And I know money isn’t the answer to a quality to education, but hurting our economy and taking away resources is not the answer.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

January 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

I do not trust Nathan Deal. Top School you are right. I see it coming (cover-up/swept under the rug). But it is not going to work.

I rebuke him (In the name of J***S)and those who have turned their backs on our black children. May they all wither like the green grass!


January 13th, 2011
2:13 am

I’m surprised he hasn’t been arrested for corruption yet. Good luck, teachers. You are going to need it.


January 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

Gov. Deal, put your money where your mouth is.

Although it’s rather late now… transplants are leaving GA in droves. It’s not just the teachers, either. I know a number of families who have moved back up north in the last year because GA has become such a mess. Many of the military families I know are wrangling with Uncle Sam to get the heck out as well.

Everyone is laughing because ATL shut down after a few inches of snow. “We don’t ever get snow!” You say. Really? It’s not that rare in ATL. The state government is woefully unprepared and underfunded.

No Teacher Left Behind

January 13th, 2011
1:05 pm

I challenge anyone on this post who has never taught a day in their life, has no children, or has not stepped foot in a public school building to walk in my shoes for 1 day. You won’t make through half the day.