Last Friday, gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter addressed the Georgia School Board Association at their summer conference in Savannah. Our friends over at the Savannah Morning News have the details, including this:
In the “shell game” of the state budget, he said, there must be accountability and transparency in the forming and allocating stages of the budget.
In this, Carter presented three steps he said would help better education across the state, with the first being a separate education budget.
He said the Department of Education has faced “austerity cuts” of $1 billion in each of the past four years.
The second step in improving education would be to provide local school boards with funding information in a timely manner, and the final step would be to place a stronger focus on education.
Of course, all of this would cost money. And, Carter was asked about it by someone in the audience:
Question: “Well, how are you going to do what you want to do without raising taxes?”
Jason Carter: We don’t. We cannot and I would not ask the people of Georgia to pay more in state taxes … right now.”
Is Carter providing a preview of what his administration might do once it is settled in?
Somehow, his plea to educators reminds me of this.