Senator Jason Carter issued a press release Thursday afternoon criticizing Governor Deal’s plan to expand the HOPE scholarship to include four additional technical school programs. Students enrolled in film set design, computer programming, precision manufacturing, and certified engineering assistants will benefit from Governor Deal’s plan.
Sticking with typical Carter fashion, the press release blatantly distorts the truth. Did Governor Deal’s HOPE scholarship reform lead to 45,000 students leaving technical schools? No, but an improving economy had something to do with it.
Senator Carter said in the press release:
“Gov. Deal broke the HOPE Grant and it took an election year for him to care about the devastation he caused,” Carter said. “His failed reforms to the HOPE Grant led 45,000 students to drop out of technical colleges in a single year. That has real economic consequences.
“Over and over again, this governor fails to act until a crisis and bad headlines threaten his reelection. We’ve seen him do it before with rural hospitals, child welfare, transportation and our schools.
“Georgia’s skyrocketing unemployment is a consequence of years of devastating cuts to our schools. Businesses don’t want to invest in a place that’s not investing in its own people, and our workers aren’t being equipped with the skills they need to fill the job openings we do have.”
Moving on, Carter claims businesses are not investing in Georgia because our workers are ill equipped to fill job openings. The four technical school programs Governor Deal proposed to include in the HOPE scholarship are coincidentally equipping students to work in our most rapidly growing job markets.
Governor Deal’s HOPE reform proposal, which enjoyed support from House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, saved the HOPE scholarship from certain annihilation. Senator Carter’s entire campaign hinges on education reform and name-calling. Perhaps Carter should spend more time explaining the logistics of his education plan rather than attacking the Governor for expanding the HOPE scholarship to more of Georgia’s students.
On that note, I’m going back to studying for my two exams next week.