Between the birthday, traveling, and recent duplications of the pea soup scene from the Exorcist, I haven’t had a chance to write anything on Eric Johnson’s recent speech to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation — a group I’d like to know more about.
In his speech, Senator Johnson really showed why the Senate represented the conservatives in the General Assembly and laid out a vision for future conservative reforms. In essence, Senator Johnson picked up the mantle of the free market as a useful tool to decrease government bureaucracy and increase government efficiencies in programs from health care to economic development.
One interesting bit of his speech considered education. He says, “We need to realize that School Boards are relevant and cannot be ignored. We support local control, but get concerned at what appears too often as a dysfunctional family. We should increase training and consider a bonus structure for performance. At the same time, we should look at empowering School Councils if the Boards fail.