I had the opportunity yesterday to go to a fundraiser for Senator Tim Scott. This would not be unusual, it is fundraising season. However, it is a Senator from South Carolina and the event was organized with help from Ashley Bell. You may remember Ashley Bell from Jessica’s post in early January.
You’ll have to forgive me for the photo, I’m not nearly the photographer that some others are ::cough:: Jon Richards ::cough::
Bell, former Hall County Commissioner and possible state school superintendent contender, has now brought two high profile senators to Georgia to talk about education policy. I had the chance to listen to Senator Scott embrace charter schools and talk about the advantages that charter students in the DC area have over other public school attendees.
Scott had an impressive list of statistics about the costs of education, in the DC area the cost per student is about $20,000, where as at the equivalent charter school in DC that cost was only $8500 per student. Couple this with the higher likelihood of charter school graduates in the area to go on to two and four year institutions of higher learning.
Since Bell is openly considering a bid to join in the race for State School Superintendent, it is likely that some of these same conservative ideas would be implemented should he join the race and should he win.
Should Bell get into the race, and I’ve been told there in an announcement on that decision coming soon, Bell has already shown how he’ll differentiate from the others in this crowded field. Should he continue to bring names like Senators Paul and Scott to Atlanta, he’ll have some big name help to get his name out above the other dozen or so candidates.