Johnson on Education

First Ralph talked about education. Then Casey. Now Eric Johnson has gotten into the game and, frankly, he’s not issuing a white paper, just talking common sense to some business leaders.

Mentor a local student.

Put your kids in public schools.

Interview local high school grads for jobs.

Run for school board.

Help school officials make things better.

And above all, stop grousing.

That was the challenge state Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson issued Wednesday to the local business community.

“You can’t just sit back in your armchair with chardonnay and complain about schools,” the Savannah Republican told about 200 people at the annual Eggs and Issues meeting of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. “Get out of the grandstands and onto the field.”

Amen.

7 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    I like Eric…really, I do…but, his proposal of “put your kids in public school” is too freakin’ funny to continue addressing the rest of his obvious attempt to only get his name printed in the paper.

  2. Chris says:

    Wow, a politican not proposing some government program. A leader leading and not legislating.

    I do agree with Bill though. You only get one chance to educate your kid. Putting them in a government school to help improve the system is to high a price to make your kid pay.

  3. TigerLily says:

    If you had been at the chamber speech, you would have heard the Senator say parents have several options: home school, private school or what most have, public school. He praised the choices, focused on the problem and challenged the business community. (oh, and Johnson loves vouchers much to GAEs dismay)

    I don’t think Eric Johnson is grandstanding on this issue. He has always been engaged in public school issues. He helped battle Roy Barnes with his disaster of an education plan. Heck, even his kids attended public schools down here. (and they still do….UGA. Wait, Bill, isn’t GA Tech a public school???)

    If you really know what is going on in SAV, this is a local issue that the Senator is addressing. More elected officials should do the same.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Whoa, now…Roy Barnes’ “education disaster?” What, getting rid of tenure? Trying to tie pay with outcome?

    Yeah..those kinds of requirements suck for the State of Georgia…if, that is, you’re a true liberal who doesn’t believe in responsibility.

  5. TigerLily says:

    Ha! GA never had tenure in the sense that most people understand. Talk about an “obvious attempt to only get his name printed in the paper.”

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