Don’t forget to watch our School Super tonight on the season premier of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.” Not everyone is excited at Kathy with a K’s appearance:
“I’m sure she’s smarter than a fifth- grader, but I question the judgment of such a decision and the message it sends about her priorities,” said Tim Callahan, spokesman for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the state’s largest nonunion organization for educators.
Cox said she accepted the invitation to go on the game show because it is family-friendly and promotes education.
“During my tenure as state superintendent of schools, class sizes have been lowered, a more rigorous, relevant curriculum has been implemented and students have more options for learning,” Cox said in a written statement. “The 24 hours I spent filming ‘5th Grader’ certainly did not distract me from that important work.”
Atlanta viewers of the show will get a dose of partisan politics in Georgia.
State Rep. Rob Teilhet is running an ad during Friday’s episode criticizing Cox for being on television “while students are struggling here in Georgia.” The Smyrna Democrat’s 30-second ad calls for smaller class sizes and beefed up pre-kindergarten programs to address the state’s education woes. Cox is a Republican.