Whenever the General Assembly makes decisions affecting schools, educators complain their views are overlooked.
So, I asked education leaders to tell me what the Legislature should tackle in 2013 and what it should avoid:
Herb Garrett, Georgia School Superintendents Association:
The issue that I wish our returning lawmakers would address is the continued underfunding of our state’s public schools. As you know, we are now about to enter our 12th consecutive year of the infamous “austerity cuts,” and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight. While five other states are mulling the idea of actually adding days to their students’ school years, two-thirds of our school systems are unable to offer even the 180-day school year that used to be considered normal. At some point, we simply must ask if we are doing the right thing by our children.
During this continuing saga, there will be much conversation this session about changes to our “flexibility and accountability”