Statements & Interviews


National Advocacy: Increased Federal Aid to Public Schools – Sample letter: U.S. Senate: May 2020

National Advocacy: Increased Federal Aid to Public Schools – Sample letter: U.S. House of Representatives: May 2020


STATEMENT: May 2020, AJC

“‘We are encouraged by Gwinnett County Public Schools’ announcement today of an anticipated revision to their controversial plan for returning employees to on-site work,’ said Professional Association of Georgia Educators Executive Director Craig Harper. ‘PAGE has been in close contact with GCPS administration on this issue – conveying employee concerns to the superintendent and urging the district to amend the policy to prioritize the health and well-being of educators and school personnel. State School Superintendent Richard Woods and school leaders throughout Georgia have consistently recommended compassion over compliance in these unprecedented times.’”

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STATEMENT: May 2020, AJC

“Craig Harper, executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators
the state’s largest teacher group, said: We know the hard economic reality of this unprecedented situation will impact public education and educators. Schools and
educators meet critical and essential needs of children and families in every community. PAGE encourages legislators at state and federal levels to do everything possible to
ensure that doors are open for a full school year with the staff, resources, and
safety measures necessary to fulfill this vital function.'”

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INTERVIEW: January 2020, WABE 

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators recently issued an analysis of the three voucher programs. WABE education reporter Martha Dalton talked to PAGE’s senior legislative policy analyst Claire Suggs, who authored the report…” Click here <https://www.wabe.org/will-ga-lawmakers-consider-school-vouchers-in-a-tight-budget-year/?fbclid=IwAR3kiUTefcACM6rw1IZC8yr-7T0JK8XeXCu12cyFhhncSuVwbhNUepSkKCA> to listen to the interview (access the recordings via the links beneath text in article).

 

STATEMENT: January 2020, Georgia Recorder

“Teacher associations plan to continue to work with legislators to protect the teacher pay hike and other education spending: ‘It’s going to be important to work with policymakers and help everyone understand that choices aren’t made in a vacuum,’ said Margaret Ciccarelli, PAGE Director of Legislative Affairs. ‘One choice to fund something or not fund something else will have an impact in other areas of the budget…'” Click here to continue reading.

 

 

STATEMENT: January 2020, Marietta Daily Journal

“PAGE represents more than 97,000 Georgia educators who serve students in every Georgia public school. We strongly advocate for the effective investment of public resources to advance learning for public school students…” Click here to continue reading.