The Georgia Association of Educators endorsed Jason Carter today. That’s not totally surprising as GAE almost always endorses Democrats–when they endorse candidates.
In a press release announcing their support, GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman said:
“The trend the current governor has overseen of a demoralizing and dismantling of our public education system in Georgia, needs to be reversed or there will be irreparable damage done to one of the great foundations of our state – public education. We believe the next leader of our state government needs to see public education for what it means for our children as well as what it means for the health and welfare of our state and society.
This is the second endorsement of the year for GAE. Earlier, Valarie Wilson, the Democratic nominee for state School Superintendent picked up the professional organization’s support. She faces Richard Woods in November.
As with any GAE story it is worth jumping the gun and reminding people they are not a union.
You can read the full text of their press release below the fold (I know the right button to click now, too so it will be there.)
Educators endorse Carter for governor
ATLANTA – Citing the chronic underfunding and dismantling of Georgia’s public education over the last eight to nine years and the dire need for a new direction from within the governor’s office, the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) today announced its endorsement of Sen. Jason Carter as its candidate for governor. At a joint press conference this morning along with Sen. Carter, GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman spoke of the need to have state leadership that truly supports public education. “The trend the current governor has overseen of a demoralizing and dismantling of our public education system in Georgia, needs to be reversed or there will be irreparable damage done to one of the great foundations of our state – public education. We believe the next leader of our state government needs to see public education for what it means for our children as well as what it means for the health and welfare of our state and society. We believe that next leader should be Sen. Jason Carter.”
“I welcome this endorsement, and look forward to GAE’s help to win this election and our partnership to rebuild our schools,” Carter said. “Gov. Deal’s administration has too often treated teachers as the problem, but we know they’re part of the solution. Teachers work hard every day for our students in the classroom, and I’m excited to have them join this campaign to make the difference in this election.”
Chapman says Carter recognizes that public education has been taken out of the hands of the educators and that their unique and important insights into the process and the profession must be fully utilized. “Sen. Carter wants to see a consistent vision for public education from the state level. Our teachers and students have been taken on an inconsistent rollercoaster ride of different curricula and standards from which is expected consistent results. He realizes that this just cannot continue and that the expertise of our educator workforce must be tapped to provide the consistency of purpose needed for success.”
Chapman feels that Carter believes in the total vision, potential and purpose of public education and what it means for all families, regardless of political affiliation. “He realizes that when elected, he will be a governor for all Georgians. He knows that decisions he makes as governor that affect our public schools will be in Democratic, Republican and Independent jurisdictions and that all communities should receive the needed resources and support those public schools, educators and children need,” he said. “Sen. Carter wants to make public education our state’s number one priority and not just say so for the occasional headline.”
“This is personal for my family,” Carter added. “Kate knows the challenges that teachers face every day in the classroom, and our two boys are in public school. I know their future depends on having good teachers who are supported with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.”
When asked why endorse in the governor’s race at all, Chapman exclaimed, “the governor, while not directly over the public education system like the state superintendent, has a strong influence over budgets, policies and personnel appointments that directly impact the children and educators in the school buildings across this state. We have come to the conclusion that educators can no longer sit silently in their classrooms each day to care and educate Georgia’s children, while many those on the outside diligently plan for the demise of public education and its most important recipients – our children.”