Georgians Back Greater School Choice, Jason Carter Doesn’t

September 10, 2014

Republican Governor Nathan Deal is an avid supporter and bold advocate for greater school choice in Georgia.  During his first term in office, Deal was on the forefront of legislation supporting charter schools because “these institutions promote competition, innovation, and creativity while encouraging strong parental involvement.”
Jason Carter claims to back educational reform efforts in Georgia but his voting record in the State Senate tells a remarkably different story.
Despite the strong support of charter schools in his district, Carter refused to vote in the interest of his constituents.  In the State Senate, Carter voted against HB797, which established a State Charter School Commission and HB 1162 that authorized the state to approve charter schools.
Recent reports affirm that Georgians wholeheartedly back efforts to enhance educational opportunities for their children and grandchildren through choice and competition.
According to a survey conducted by the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, ”Seventy percent of Georgians surveyed in May said they support the state’s tax-credit scholarships, which help more than 13,000 students pay for private school tuition.”  Even self-identified Democrats back the program by a margin of 2.5-to-1.
Despite the fiery rhetoric and political grandstanding, it’s abundantly clear that Jason Carter is more concerned with advancing his personal agenda than improving educational opportunities for Georgians.  Georgians back school choice, Jason Carter doesn’t.

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