From the Dalton Daily Citizen:
“I’m generally on the record as being against vouchers, but this bill was sponsored by Eric Johnson, Senate President Pro Tem, and it’s hard to go against the Senate Pro Tem when he comes and asks you to support his legislation,” (Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton) said. “Parents should have the opportunity to send their children to another school if the special education student can be better served elsewhere. But I think this bill will have very little impact, if any, in our Northwest Georgia area.”
However, WEA member Ralph Noble of Eastbrook Elementary School said the No Child Left Behind law, which requires teachers such as special education teachers, to be “highly qualified” in their subject areas is leading good teachers to quit the profession.
“We believe this is bad public policy and a lack of oversight. This is a narrow vision on the part of our legislators,” Noble said. “We already don’t have enough special education teachers; they’re overloaded with work, and we’re using many long-term substitutes. Pay raises barely keep up with inflation; there are no incentives, and now you want to give families thousands of dollars to send students to school in Atlanta.”
Hold on a minute. Georgia’s teachers are among the highest paid in the S.E., yet asking them to be “highly qualified in their subject areas” is just too tough for them? Sorry, I don’t buy it.
Furthermore, giving Special Needs parents more educational choices is an insult to the teachers? Again, I’m not buying it.
Perhaps folks like Ralph Noble should focus on actually educating the kids instead of whining about parents who want the best for those kids.