Democratic nominee for Governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams highlighted her public education platform in a news conference on Wednesday.
Abrams’ says she is committed to addressing the impact of austerity cuts, investing in wraparound services in Georgia schools, and opposing back door vouchers that drain resources from our public schools.
Abrams’ opponent in November, Brian Kemp has supported school choice programs by growing student scholarship organization (SSO) tax credits and charter schools.
“I am the only candidate who opposes diverting hundreds of millions of dollars into private interests,” Abrams said. “I don’t intend to be the Education Governor of Georgia. I intend to be the Public Education Director of Georgia.”
Abrams also spoke to her rural commitment through support for teacher recruitment, student transportation, AP course offerings, 4-H youth development, the library system, and afterschool initiatives such as STEAM programming.
Abrams went on to add, “public education moved my parents out of poverty and allowed them to achieve progress and provide opportunity for their children. Through targeted investments in wraparound services, a commitment to keeping public dollars in public schools, and a modernized education funding formula, we can end the correlation between poverty and educational outcomes so that every student has the freedom and opportunity to thrive.”