I know that the question you are asking is,
“Why is John Barge running for governor? Why isn’t he content to be State School Superintendent?”
These are fair questions.
I ran for School Superintendent because I believed I had the leadership skills to make a difference in education at a state level. I believe I have proven myself to be capable. Unfortunately, I have realized that many politicians in Georgia have declared, at least quietly, a war on education, particularly public education.
Education is critical, not just for our students, but also for the well being of our state. Therefore, I cannot sit back and let the current governor dismantle the department of education, something he has been doing over the past year or more. Education is economic development.
“Education is economic development.”
We can no longer afford to underfund public education. It is not necessary to raise revenues to better fund education—it is, however, critical that we properly fund public education through the proper allocation of existing revenues we have, including some of our surplus.
We must return our children to school for the full 180 days required by Georgia law.
We must return our teachers to the full 190 days of their contracts without furlough days.
It has become obvious to me that this can only be done from the Governor’s office.
At this critical time in our history we need a Governor who understands education completely and has the nerve to do what is best for the state, instead of what is best for himself and a small group of friends.
“…we need a Governor who understands education completely and has the nerve to do what is best for the state…”
Georgia deserves better.
I believe I can do better.