Barnes promises teachers more than a seat at the table — he’ll give them an office with a view

Paul Yates with Fox5 just put up some video of Roy Barnes, the Democratic candidate for governor, who says the state of Georgia should have taken the tri-state water dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court “no later than 2003.”

But the most interesting part of this catch-up piece is Barnes’ continued courting Georgia teachers.

“One of the things I intend to do is have at least one teacher in residence — that is, a part of the governor’s staff, every day,” Barnes said.

See the clip here:

Somewhere in the Great Beyond, George Gershwin is singing to himself: “I know I could always be good — to someone who’ll watch over me…..”

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17 comments Add your comment

Concerned Georgia Teacher

July 20th, 2009
1:52 pm

This is a good step in the right direction. Education is so vital and it’s the biggest item in the state budget. The past few years have been very hard on those of us involved with education.

Chris Broe

July 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

That’s not how Rhapsody in Blue goes, man. it’s more like, “Da da da daaah, da da da datata datata datata….”


July 20th, 2009
2:08 pm

Why Roy, the Supreme Court in 2003 would have done the same thing that the judge from Friday did and that was send it back to Congress.

Theobald Montegue, the third

July 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

“This is a good step in the right direction. Education is so vital and it’s the biggest item in the state budget”

Education should NOT be the biggest item in the state budget. Teachers are paid more than enough, in many cases, overpaid. The admin to most schools are all overpaid. Barnes, as such I would not vote for him, did the right thing before denying teachers raises.

Bill White

July 20th, 2009
2:26 pm

Theo is right. Throwing more money at the problem isn’t the answer. If everyone home-schooled, we would be talking about this. And when it comes to water, that should be a local issue: every city or county for itself. Those folks downstream from Lanier need to find their own water. Unfortunately, the bed wetting tree huggers won’t let folks dig for their H20.
This Barnes fellow was a terrible governor. Why is he coming back? Who needs him? He lied about the flag. What a traitor, scalawag, carpetbagging fool. I don’t care if he grew up in your parts. He’s probably really from Vermont.

get it right

July 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

I don’t understand adding a teacher to the governor’s staff. Should we eliminate the state education agency? Under Kathy Cox’s leadership, she has dragged the Georgia public education system down the toilet and flushed. Where is her accountability for poor test scores, cheating, etc.? We would be crazy to think one teacher will be able to fix our abysmal public school system. Teachers teaching to tests has not worked. Our children aren’t learning. Growth industries and our school system should form partnership to gear children into learning what they will potentially become in the future. We have proprietary schools like Westwood, Omnitech and others teaching senseless degree programs in non-growth industries. Legislators should get a handle on these schools ripping folks off and getting them into loans they cannot pay and accredited schools not accepting any credits from these “higher learning institutions.


July 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

This is your 4th time running for Governor, we’ve said no twice and once we got drunk and said yes.

Don’t worry, we’ll say no again and you can have 3 losses for your 1 win.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

July 20th, 2009
4:02 pm

Yeah! Teachers are bad! Why, me and my friend have this well edjamucated statistics which show beyond doubt just how over paid and pointless they are.

Well if they’re so overpaid and have such cushy jobs, why don’t you go get a job teaching?


James Johnson

July 20th, 2009
4:07 pm

Theo, if that Bill White nut is agreeing with you then you know your argument is in trouble. In this country, most education spending takes place on the state and local level (not federal). Therefore, it has to be a big item in the state budget. If we don’t invest in our kids then we will have a horrible future.

Bill White

July 20th, 2009
4:21 pm

We need to invest in our kids in the home schools preferably done by mothers. This way, we would have more jobs for the men. I’m not too crazy on the voucher idea although I love Eric Johnson, but he needs to go the full enchilada on this and promote home schooling. I’m sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.

James Johnson

July 20th, 2009
9:54 pm

Yes, that’s what we need… everyone going to home schools. Even “Little House on the Prairie” had a school to send the kids to.

Awesome Logic

July 20th, 2009
11:00 pm

I agree with Bill White. Anybody downstream is just out of luck and needs to quit sponging off of what God gave specifically to us. I don’t care if a river has run there for thousands of years and they’re dependent on it. We up here in Union County are keeping all of it from now on. The rest of you can go jump in a lake.

Bill White

July 21st, 2009
7:51 am

Awesome Logic-Why can’t Liberal Atlanta get its own water? Because the Godless Tree Hugging idiots won’t let anyone build reservoirs and/or dig for their own wells. Every area needs to take care of itself. Sorry, that might be tough love, but you know something, I help out people through my church so I don’t feel guilty.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

July 21st, 2009
10:09 am

Or it could be greedy property developers and an utterly incompotent incumbant party that can’t even get traffic reform through when their primary consitutants (business) wants them to?

Hell, they can’t even get graft and corruption right and failed at a lot of that.

Tim B.

July 21st, 2009
12:45 pm

OK, I’ve got to weigh in on the moronic attacks that follow Roy in every blog. Let’s start on topic with education:
1. What is wrong with holding people accountable for doing their job? My boss will fire me if I don’t deliver, please explain what God given right teachers (that don’t perform) have that I don’t? My daughter was in Georgia public schools during Roy’s service and that POS Linda Shrenko was State School Super. She had the teachers back in her home county (and probably others as well) telling our children to “Go home and tell your Mom’s and Dad’s not to support the governor because he doesn’t like teachers”. The quote came from my child’s lips, the teachers think that all Georgians are so dumb that we will listen intently and follow the direction given to our kids because “Teacher said it was right”. BS
2. Flaggers, I got the stars and bars tattoo on my left arm to ensure that my southern heritage would always be remembered no matter where life took me. I did this in 1977 outside of Ft Gordon, GA before I went to live the hardship that was the Cold War in Europe (yes Europe sucks out loud when the prospect of getting blown up anytime was thrown in the mix). Roy Barnes had the welfare of the state and our southern heritage in mind when he pushed his flag through, it had the old flag with the stars and bars right there with all the others that have flown over this great state. This action avoided costly battles with the NAACP, SCLC and basic civil unrest that would have cost the state millions if not billions of dollars. What did you get with Sonny? He flew the flag to get elected and you never even got to choose that one, so who got conned there? You flaggers! Put your priorities in order people, I love my heritage but I don’t want to sell my soul because of the damn Yankee invaders from 150 years ago. At least with “Roy’s Rag” all of the state’s heritage was represented.

Now please focus on the issues, listen to the man and recognize that he does in fact give a damn about the state as a whole, not just specialty groups.

Give ‘em hell Roy!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

July 21st, 2009
2:32 pm

1. Nothing. Where there is no accountability, there is no progress or compotence, which is why there are a lot of incopotent teachers.

And why there are far more incompotent Republicans because they support their own as soon as they fall on their knees and ‘repent.’ Any Republican branded cause, leader or channel is not to be criticized and to be wholly embraced as dicated from the top.

2. You are correct.


July 21st, 2009
5:26 pm

King Roy needs all the help they can get,but he won’t listen or provide funds.Instead of putting all the blame on the teachers the parents need to assume some responsibility before you just complain.