With the 2007 Legislative Session almost upon us, it’s no surprise that education is at the top of many people’s agenda. As Bull Moose pointed out here, Lt. Governor-Elect Cagle has named education his top priority. Jason Pye told us about Sen. Johnson’s bill to introduce a little choice into Georgia’s school system.
Two other stories about education are worth mentioning. First, Governor Perdue has renewed his effort to protect the Hope Scholarship:
Prior to Perdue taking office in 2003, lawmakers had used more than $1.8 billion in lottery revenue on things other than HOPE and pre-k, such as satellite dishes, metal detectors and construction projects.
“We want to make sure all those lottery funds are directed at HOPE and pre-k and nothing else,” Perdue said. “That has been my practice. “There is nothing like something being written into the constitution to give us the right incentive to do the right thing.”
Also, Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn has prefiled a Constitutional Amendment to require local School Superintendents to be elected:
Electing school superintendents was the norm in Georgia until 1993, when the state Constitution was changed to require local school boards to appoint their superintendents.
Allowing superintendents to be elected would make them more accountable to the public, Cox said Thursday. “Someone who has to get out and knock on doors to earn a vote, that is the ultimate accountability,