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Thursday, 31 October 2013

October 31--  Concerns about public education funding and common core curriculum standards highlighted Tuesday night's listening session hosted by state lawmakers in Vidalia.

ImageAppling High School teacher Angela McClain asks lawmakers to check into math instruction under the "Race to the Top" common core curriculum standards now being employed in Georgia's schools.

A group of teachers from Tift County mostly favored common core while some parents questioned the math curriculum and objected to what one parent called pornography in a 5th grade textbook.

The educators who testified before the House and Senate Education Committees all appealed for help with funding and Senate Committee Chairman Lindsey Tippins says that a common theme they are hearing all over the state.

"One of the biggest issues on everybody's mind is financing of education.  It's really taken a drubbing in the last few years since we've been in a recession.  It's getting a little bit better, but it's awfully slow," he said.

ImageSenator Tippins (left) talks with attendees after the listening session.

House Chairman Brooks Coleman promises that what they're hearing will be considered during the legislative session whcih convenes in January.

"After the next three hearings, we plan to get together and compile what we've heard and pick out the five or six key areas such as financing, common core, flexibility and accountability, etc.  

Image"We plan to sit down the Governor and his staff and make some recommendations before his budget comes out.  We plan to meet with the Lieutenant Governor and the House speaker to tell them what we've heard and see what we can do to help people out," Representative Coleman (right) said.

Eighteen people testified before the hearing in Vidalia which was also attended by two state board of education members including Allen Rice of Vidalia.

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