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Candidate Questionnaire (2010)

Questions for State Superintendent of Schools Candidates 

(Please keep answers brief and responsive.)

1. Please list all positions you have held in public education.

2. When the state’s economy begins to improve and tax revenues grow, what will be your recommendations to the governor and general assembly as priorities for restoring funds that have been cut from public education during the past eight years? Specifically address the importance of the following:

  • Ending furloughs
  • Reducing class sizes
  • Restoring funding to local school systems under QBE

3. With which of these statements do you most agree?

(a) I am opposed to using public funds to finance private education through vouchers.

(b) While I support the concept of vouchers, I will not support using any public funds for vouchers until ALL funds cut from public schools over the past eight years have been restored.

(c) I strongly support vouchers and will attempt to increase the number of students who receive vouchers for public or private schools.

3. Do you favor keeping the current Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) defined benefit plan for all past, current and future K-12 teachers? If not, what changes do you believe need to be made?

4. Explain your position on state funding to encourage teachers to seek National Board Certification. Do you support providing the full 10 percent salary supplement as originally promised to teachers who received National board Certification?

5. What are your views on updating QBE as the state’s method of funding public education in the 21st Century?

6. What are your views on the lawsuit being brought against the state by several rural school systems claiming that the state is not providing adequate funding for public education?

7. If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve public education in Georgia over the next four years?

8. Do you believe the position of state school superintendent should be an elective or appointed (by the governor) position?

9. As State School Superintendent, what will you do to ensure that educators are as technologically proficient as their students are becoming?

10.  How do you propose meeting the growing academic needs of culturally and linguistically-diverse students in Georgia?

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