Roger Hines announced yesterday that he is running against incumbent School Superintendent Kathy Cox in the Republican primary. Along with the press release kicking off his run comes an endorsement from Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers:
The rain stopped long enough today for hundreds of supporters to listen to Roger Hines announce his challenge to unseat the incumbent State School Superintendent in next year’s Republican primary. Introducing the 42 year veteran educator, two term state legislator and member of the House Education Committee was Georgia’s Senate Majority Leader, Chip Rogers. “I think that Roger Hines is the very best person that we could possibly have to fill the position of State School Superintendent,” said Senator Rogers.
“Roger understands that education is about children,” continued Senator Rogers. “One of the problems we have in this state is that often times we think too much about the adults and not enough about the kids. Our children deserve better, and it is the adults who have failed them in leadership. I can think of no other person who is better placed to step into this position to help the children of Georgia so we can have a world class education system.”
Roger chose Glover Park in the historic Marietta Square as the setting to announce his statewide race. Emceeing the ceremony was James Wilson, the former Superintendent of Fulton County Schools and Former Interim Superintendent of Cobb County Schools. As a long time school administrator Mr. Wilson echoed the words of Senator Rogers that change was needed in our state education system and that Roger is the best person for the job.
Joining Roger on stage was his wife of 42 years, Nancy Hines. Other dignitaries on stage were a retired Major General of the US Army, state representatives, city mayors and aldermen, school board members, district and county republican leaders and college republican leaders. The invocation was delivered by Roger’s personal pastor, the Reverend Terry Nelson of Keystone Baptist Church. A special treat for the crowd was music by the North Cobb High School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ms. Paula Krupiczewicz, and the National Anthem sung by North Cobb High School soloist, T.K. Mahachi.
Roger’s career spans teaching at North Cobb and Wheeler high schools and Oakwood non-traditional school before joining the staff at Chattahoochee Technical College. He has also taught at Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt College and New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
In his announcement, Roger emphasized the purpose of schools is for knowledge and learning. He said, “In talking with many local school superintendents around the state, I have found that their concerns are similar to those of the teachers regarding excessive testing. When I’m elected, the state department of education will not just be a data management center. The department will strive to put the joy back into teaching and the discipline and learning back into the classroom.”