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January 2024, A statement from PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper following Governor Kemp’s State of the State Address Today

"PAGE applauds Gov. Kemp’s proposal to raise Georgia educator salaries by $2,500. This needed boost reflects the essential role of educators and public education in preparing Georgia students and Georgia’s economy for a bright future.


Further, we appreciate the governor’s plan to allocate more than $200 million toward pupil transportation. This proposal, requested by PAGE and in conjunction with other education groups, represents a significant step toward transportation-funding parity between the state and local school districts.


We are also grateful for the governor’s funding support for Georgia literacy efforts. Together with his recently announced annual funding for school safety, the state budget reflects multiple priorities of PAGE members and Georgia school families.


Teacher recruitment and retention via salary increases, pupil transportation, literacy, and school safety are critical priorities for our state. Though we deeply appreciate the governor’s public education funding priorities, we strongly and respectfully disagree that vouchers are in the best interest of Georgia students.  PAGE believes that creating a third Georgia private school voucher program will divert critical funding away from public schools which serve 1.6 million Georgia students. These public schools are accountable for student achievement and use of taxpayer funds, in contrast with private schools, which can pick and choose their students. Voucher program costs will hamstring Georgia’s ability to fund public safety and public education. Voucher program costs have soared in other states. Worse, these programs have not been shown to increase student achievement. More vouchers are not the answer, and we look forward to working with the governor and other policymakers on solutions that benefit all Georgia students.”


– Executive Director Craig Harper

December 2023, A statement from PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper following today’s announcement from Governor Kemp

“PAGE applauds Governor Kemp’s action today on two important issues for which PAGE has long advocated: increased compensation for educators and ongoing state funding for school safety. The one-time pay supplement and school safety budget allocation will give Georgia educators and families greater peace of mind this holiday season.”


– Executive Director Craig Harper

December 2023, Marietta Daily Journal

“PAGE applauds Governor Kemp’s action today on two important issues for which PAGE has long advocated: increased compensation for educators and ongoing state funding for school safety. The one-time pay supplement and school safety budget allocation will give Georgia educators and families greater peace of mind this holiday season.”


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December 2023, AJC

“‘The one-time pay supplement and school safety budget allocation will give Georgia educators and families greater peace of mind this holiday season,’ said Craig Harper, the organization’s executive director.”


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October 2023, Associated Press

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the state’s largest teacher group, called for school safety funding to be rolled into the state’s school funding formula, making it reliable from year to year, instead of being doled out in one-time grants. Margaret Ciccarelli, PAGE’s top lobbyist, said that in a recent survey, 4,000 members ranked letting non-officers carry guns as last among preferred school safety measures. Top priorities were mental health interventions, more school resource officers and better safety plans.”


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January 2023, Appen Media

“We are encouraged by Gov. Kemp’s announcement today of a proposed $2,000 increase to the state salary schedule for Georgia pre-K–12 teachers and certified K-12 personnel,” said PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper. “There is no doubt that a salary increase would assist with recruitment and retention of excellent educators for Georgia’s children.”


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January 2023, WABE

PAGE Senior Education Policy Analyst Claire Suggs spoke with WABE’s Martha Dalton about educator views as communicated through a recent member survey. Topics include educator pay, managing workloads, preserving planning time, the need for more school counselors, and more.


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January 2023, Associated Press

“The state’s largest teachers group, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, lauded the move, saying many teachers hold second jobs or leave the profession because of low pay.”


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January 2023, WDEF

“Governor Kemp proposed a $2,000 pay increase for K-12 teachers and certified personnel on Thursday, according to the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Governor Brian Kemp announced the proposed increase to teacher salaries as part of his inaugural remarks, PAGE said.”


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January 2023, CHNI News

“‘There is no doubt that a salary increase would assist with recruitment and retention of excellent educators for Georgia’s children,’ said Craig Harper, executive director of Professional Association of Georgia Educators, in a statement following Kemp’s announcement. ‘In a recent survey of PAGE members, 84% of participants reported difficulty in covering living expenses with their existing salary – with 45% taking on a second job to make ends meet, and 43% supplementing their income with additional paid assignments. All respondents ranked inadequate salary among their top three reasons for leaving the profession.’”


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August 2022, Georgia Recorder

“Schools earn QBE for gifted, and specifically special ed classrooms, and currently, they are not earning counselors for those students,” (PAGE Director of Legislative Services, Margaret) Ciccarelli said. “Currently, with the growing mental health needs as a result of the pandemic, filling those counselor positions is critical … We need more school security measures like school hardening, infrastructure upgrades, that needs to be considered as part of QBE, and also mental health supports to include those counselors.”


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June 2022, PAGE Statement on Teacher Burnout in Georgia: Voices from the Classroom (commissioned by the Georgia Department of Education)

“The report from the Teacher Burnout Task Force comprehensively addresses the very real challenges faced by Georgia’s educators. The report confirms feedback and concerns consistently voiced by PAGE members in our annual surveys. Recommendations within the report provide the starting point for solutions our policymakers and school leaders must consider when designing and implementing better supports for those who teach and care for Georgia’s students.”


– PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper

 

“Educators are essential. We give of ourselves freely and with passion and purpose. We did this before the pandemic, and we do so now. Yet, the exhaustion and frustrations present prior to COVID-19 have now reached epidemic proportions. This report is pivotal. By focusing on solutions at every level, it is a roadmap to necessary change – not just for students and educators, but for our collective future.”


– PAGE Board Member Daerzio Harris

October 2023, Associated Press

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the state’s largest teacher group, called for school safety funding to be rolled into the state’s school funding formula, making it reliable from year to year, instead of being doled out in one-time grants. Margaret Ciccarelli, PAGE’s top lobbyist, said that in a recent survey, 4,000 members ranked letting non-officers carry guns as last among preferred school safety measures. Top priorities were mental health interventions, more school resource officers and better safety plans.”


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May 2022, Athens Banner Herald

The legislation “presented very heavy-handed solutions that we fear may make it difficult for educators to know where the line is,” said Margaret Ciccarelli, PAGE Director of Legislative Services.


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March 2022, 11 Alive News: PAGE-Supported Pay Supplements for Georgia Educators this Calendar Year

“We’re hearing from teachers that they’ve been wearing multiple hats over the last two and a half years,” explained Claire Suggs, Senior Legislative Policy Analyst at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). “They’re building our future but they’re they’re feeling pretty stretched thin.” Suggs said pay concerns could have an impact on the future of the profession. “We may see shortages in more areas and in more communities,” she added. “And on the other side, what does this mean for how attractive the profession might be for young people who would be considering going into teaching?”


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March 2022, Capital B News

“Most educators who’ve contacted us are concerned about whether this or similar legislation will limit their instruction, and they’re wondering who will provide guidance on how to teach important lessons about our full history while remaining within the limits of the law,” (PAGE Executive Director Craig) Harper told Capital B in an emailed statement.


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February 2022, PAGE statement on SB 514 – the “Unmask Georgia Students Act”

“Throughout the pandemic, Georgia school districts have demonstrated their ability to effectively respond to the needs of the students and families they serve based on community factors of COVID spread and appropriate precautions built upon data and robust stakeholder input. Decisions about school mask requirements are best made at the local level with extensive and continued input from educators, parents, and community members. SB 514 does not prevent districts from continuing mask requirements, but it does allow parents to opt-out, which may further the ongoing tension in some schools and communities.” – PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper


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January 2022, ‘Lawmakers’ on GPB

Return-to-work bill for educators: “It’s an important tool to help serve students.” PAGE director of legislative services, your advocates to Georgia lawmakers, speaks about the significance of PAGE-supported HB 385.


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January 2022, AJC

“Kemp is also proposing a $1,000 bonus for bus drivers in the amended fiscal year 2022 budget and a 5.4% pay increase for them in fiscal year 2023. Now, the state gives $9,384 for bus driver salaries. ‘Districts are spending considerably more than that in trying to attract and keep these important employees,’ said Suggs.”

“Across Georgia, parents describe frustrating bus delays with their children not arriving home from school until 5 p.m. as drivers shoulder extra routes. ‘This is not just a financial problem, this is a problem for kids,’ said Suggs.”


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January 2022, PAGE Statement on Gov. Kemp’s State of the State Address

“PAGE applauds Gov. Kemp’s pledge today to deliver the remaining $2,000 pay increase to K-12 educators as a permanent raise next fiscal year, provide one-time pay supplements to many educators and school staff this fiscal year, and fully fund QBE. His announcement rightly prioritizes Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students and the teachers and school personnel who serve them. These investments, for which PAGE has strongly and consistently advocated, are important steps toward reducing teacher attrition and ensuring that Georgia’s educators remain in classrooms doing what they do best – preparing our children for the future.” – Executive Director Craig Harper

January 2022, AJC

“A report last week by the largest educator advocacy group in the state, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, found that more than 90% of teachers and administrators surveyed last fall saw a shortage in substitute teachers and bus drivers. The report notes that state funding for substitute teachers and busing has not kept up with costs.”


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January 2022, AJC

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the state’s largest teacher advocacy group, also thinks ‘the long-promised $2,000 educator pay raise is one of the governor’s budgetary priorities, Executive Director Craig Harper said.”


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January 2022, AJC

“Finding enough substitute teachers may reach crisis status, said Margaret Ciccarelli, director of legislative services for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Her organization is already talking to lawmakers about raising state reimbursement for subs.”


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November 2021, The Patch

“FGE Day helps pique the interest of the potential next wave of educators. High school students from the Carroll County, Commerce City, Fulton County, and Jones County school systems took part in the event, which was co-sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Multiple Georgia higher education institutions host FGE days to promote teaching as a profession to more than 4,000 high school students across the state.”


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October 2021, Forsyth Herald

“‘Parents and community stakeholders are vital partners in public education,’ PAGE executive director Craig Harper said. “‘These voices must never be silenced or ignored even when strong disagreements exist and that partnership is strained.’ He noted PAGE is aware of reports of threatening behavior toward some school policymakers, and actions should be taken. ‘Those incidents must be addressed by local law enforcement rather than a federal response, which could suppress public comment,’ Harper said. ‘To date, PAGE members have reported a limited number of incidents.’”


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August 2021, CBS 46 (Atlanta)

“PAGE encourages vaccination for all school employees on a voluntary basis rather than through mandates. Districts that issue mandates should do so only after securing broad employee support and including appropriate accommodations and alternatives through testing. Vaccine mandates will further hamper school operations in many districts if employees are required to be vaccinated or lose their jobs.”


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August 2021, Georgia Health News

And Ramona Mills of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) said that “amid escalating inflation and the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong benefits package for teachers and school staff is essential. PAGE is pleased by the announcement today that there will be no State Health Benefit Plan premium increase, deductible increase, or benefit reduction for Georgia educators next calendar year.”


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July 2021, AJC

PAGE director of legislative services said “the remaining $2,000 (of Gov. Kemp’s campaign promise of a $5,000 pay increase) to teachers will be critical to ‘attracting talent and keep talent serving kids in Georgia public schools.’”


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June 2021, PAGE Statement on June 4

“Discussions about race and its place in our history and in current events are an important part of education and one that Georgia educators will continue to address,” said Craig Harper, PAGE executive director. “The resolution adopted by the State Board of Education in this special called session is non-binding and, therefore, does not prohibit educators from continuing to teach and discuss all aspects of our history as they do now. Yet, the manner in which the resolution was drafted without input from all board members, and then rushed to a vote is troubling. The board members’ conversation, including concerns voiced by some voting for the resolution as well as those in dissent, highlights the importance of including more people and perspectives. Our many communities and educators, who have valuable insights and expertise, must work together to determine how Georgia will address these issues moving forward.”

May 2021, Chalkbeat.org

“Margaret Ciccarelli, director of legislative affairs at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, acknowledged that one-off mid-year payments aren’t likely to improve retention because most teachers leave during the summer. ‘Lawmakers’ focus now,’ she said, ‘should be longer-term investments in teacher pay to stem the tide of teachers leaving the classroom.'”


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May 2021, Georgia Recorder

“PAGE legislative services director Margaret Ciccarelli said the bill is an excellent first step to addressing the state’s teacher shortage: ‘It’s been a really hard year in schools across the state,’ she said. ‘The acknowledgement that recruitment and retention is important was nice to see on the part of state leaders. There’s more work to come, however.’”


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March 2021, AJC

“‘Today’s anticipated CDC announcement outlining new recommendations for masks and social distancing will provide additional reassurances of safety and greater capacity for students in classrooms – particularly as many Georgia districts have already returned to in-person instruction,’ said Craig Harper, executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.”


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February 2021, PAGE Statement on Feb. 25

“Today’s announcement regarding educator vaccine eligibility is welcome news. PAGE has advocated strongly with lawmakers and the Department of Public Health to prioritize vaccine availability to Georgia’s educators and school staff as soon as possible. Vaccine access will provide additional health protections for school personnel as they work with students in schools as many have since last fall, or as their districts open school sites to students for the first time since last March. It is essential that the Department of Public Health provide an effective distribution plan for this rollout, and many school districts have already requested to serve as vaccination sites.”


— Craig Harper, PAGE Executive Director

February 2021, Associated Press

“One teacher group, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, released a survey Wednesday showing that two-thirds of nearly 9,000 respondents want to get the vaccine. The survey isn’t scientific because people chose whether to respond on their own instead of as part of a random sample. Among respondents, educators who are older or higher risk were more interested in getting vaccinated, as were educators in metro Atlanta.”


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February 2021, Fresh Take Georgia

“Paid parental leave allows parents to focus on meeting children’s needs at a critical time for families,” said Craig Harper, executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, in a statement.

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February 2021, NorthFulton.com

“The proposed legislation has support of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators which has pushed for flexibility in staffing schools. ‘Many districts struggle to recruit enough teachers for classroom vacancies, especially in hard-to-staff subjects,’ said PAGE executive director Craig Harper. ‘The ability to hire experienced teachers is beneficial to students, schools and retired educators.’ PAGE [also] supports pathways for teachers into the classroom which do not always take the traditional route of first gaining a teaching certificate in college. ‘Georgia’s students and schools benefit from these non-traditional entry points for people who realize they have a passion for teaching young people after they had experience in another career,’ Harper said.”


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February 2021, Georgia Recorder

“Margaret Ciccarelli, director of legislative services for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, said after the meeting her organization is against an expansion of vouchers in Georgia, and its potential cost is a big reason why. ‘We reroute already over $136 million annually from public coffers to private schools with little accountability. This would create a third voucher program at a time when all schools and communities are struggling to deal with the ongoing pandemic crisis, so it is not a great time to be contemplating sending more public dollars to private entities,’ she said.”


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February 2021, ‘Lawmakers’ on GPB

“It’s a tough time for educators out there in Georgia and across the country,” said Margaret Ciccarelli, Legislative Director for PAGE. “We’ve never asked more, and they’ve never delivered more than in the current pandemic environment. We are afraid, based on our survey data, that we are going to lose more teachers after the hardship of this year, so I think it’s very appropriate for state leaders to focus on bolstering the teacher pipeline.”


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January 2021, AJC

“‘It’s a tough time to be an educator and we applaud Gov. Kemp’s effort to enhance the Georgia teacher pipeline,’ said Margaret Ciccarelli, the director of legislative services for PAGE.”


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January 2021, AJC

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators said it is essential to vaccinate educators to keep schools open. ‘We hope state leaders will prioritize teacher vaccination at the absolute first possible opportunity,’ a spokeswoman said.”


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January 2021, Associated Press

“’We strongly believe that Pre-K teachers should receive the supplement as well,’ said Claire Suggs, senior legislative policy analyst for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the state’s largest teachers’ group.”

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January 2021, NorthFulton.com

“Though deeply challenging, current circumstances (because of COVID) provide an opportunity for policymakers and educators to build on the policies and practices they have already implemented to support public schools.”

Based on the survey results, PAGE recommendations for policymakers include support for student mental health, continuation of efforts to fully fund schools, making Georgia the top state in which to teach by investing in educators, and aligning assessments to meet parent and student needs.


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January 2021, AJC

Teachers are anxious, and the vaccinations in Elbert County are welcome news for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. “I hope this serves as a road map for other school districts,” said Margaret Ciccarelli, a lawyer with the group, which sent a letter to state health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey Tuesday urging her to prioritize and help coordinate the vaccination of school employees.


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January 2021, AJC

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators supports the prioritization of vaccinating front-line school staffs, including teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, school nutrition workers and substitute teachers, said Margaret Ciccarelli, the group’s director of legislative services.


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January 2021, NorthFulton.com

The state’s largest educator advocacy group is also asking the state to speed up the availability of the vaccination to front line teaching staff. The Professional Association of Teachers (PAGE) represents the state’s 95,000 educators and is working to expedite the vaccination rollout.

“As Georgia public schools struggle to meet the challenges of serving students in face-to-face settings and to protect students, staff, and the families both groups go home to, PAGE supports vaccine prioritization of all Georgia educators,” said Craig Harper, executive director for PAGE.


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January 2021, WABE

“I think this presents an opportunity to think about how, as we come out of the pandemic, are there ways to create more personalized instruction, so that those children who do seem to do better in a virtual format, are able to do that in their public school district,” (Claire) Suggs (senior education policy analyst for PAGE) says.


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January 2021, Georgia Recorder

Craig Harper, executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, called the payment “welcome and tangible recognition of Georgia educators’ extraordinary work since the pandemic began.”


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January 2021, PAGE Statement on Jan. 14

“Gov. Brian Kemp’s and Superintendent Richard Woods’ support of teachers and school staff with the $1,000 supplement is welcome and tangible recognition of Georgia educators’ extraordinary work since the pandemic began.”

— PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper

September 2020, AJC

AJC column acknowledges Warren County superintendent’s concerns over potential change to essential worker status for educators. It also highlights portion of PAGE’s letter to Gov. Kemp on recommendations for modifying guidelines for educators.

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September 2020, PAGE Statement on Sept. 3

“PAGE fully agrees with the statement by State School Superintendent Richard Woods in support of students and educators over adhering to federal testing requirements. Georgia’s educators and parents understand that focusing on tests designed for a different reality ignores our present circumstances – and does so at the expense of Georgia’s 1.8 million public school students.”

– Craig Harper, Executive Director

August 2020, AJC

“The Professional Association of Georgia Educators has given some input already and will be giving more, said Margaret Ciccarelli, the group’s legislative services director. She said PAGE was pleased that Kemp ‘did not rush to reclassify educators’ as workers who need not quarantine. She said the group wants ‘more robust’ virus reporting in schools and stronger paid leave policies for educators exposed to the virus.”

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August 2020, Associated Press

“All of us would prefer that schools could open, stay open, and return to their place as a vital center of community life. However, ignoring the high probability of continued community spread through elimination of quarantine protocols ensures prolonged health and safety issues for all Georgians,” Executive Director Craig Harper wrote in an accompanying letter.


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August 2020, Georgia Health News

“‘While educators understand that insurance costs will inevitably rise, and appreciate no cost increases for several years, today’s announcement regarding increased premiums during a public health and economic crisis is painful and sobering,’ said Craig Harper, PAGE executive director. ‘Last year’s employer contribution holiday undermined efforts to build and maintain a healthy SHBP reserve. PAGE encourages the Department of Community Health to maintain a healthy reserve fund to ensure that insurance cost increases are not borne by school employees.’”


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August 2020, WSB

Margaret Ciccarelli, PAGE Director of Legislative Services, shares Georgia educator concerns with WSB TV.


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August 2020, WSB

“We are hearing from hundreds of educators around the state who have deep concerns about schools opening. Our educators want to go back to schools, but the question of when they go back and how they go back is critical right now,” (Margaret) Ciccarelli (PAGE Director of Legislative Services) said. “We’re hearing from more educators and districts who are either already open for face-to-face instruction or who have announced plans to resume face-to-face instruction soon. Teachers in those districts are concerned that the districts are not making accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for conditions that the teachers have that make them more vulnerable to coronavirus. They’re also concerned if they’re providing virtual instruction that districts are requiring them to come in onto school sites to provide that virtual instruction.”


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August 2020, WGXA

“Educators are doing their best to serve students during the pandemic but these are complicated times and it’s important that they have an advocacy group,” Margaret Ciccarelli (PAGE Director of Legislative Services) says. “They’re concerned but they want to come back. The survey data indicates that. But how and when are what the controversies are here.”


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July 2020, The Red & Black

“About one in five Georgia teachers are uncertain about returning to the classroom this fall, according to a survey of roughly 16,000 educators conducted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). ‘No one has ever been down this road before,’ Claire Suggs, senior education policy analyst for PAGE, said. ‘It’s really important that there be open and clear dialogue…The end goal is for everyone to be back at school,’ Suggs said. ‘That’s what teachers want, that’s what families want, that’s what students want. But we want to do it as safely as possible.’”


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July 2020, Georgia Recorder

“’Returning to Georgia’s classrooms is an important step in adapting to the continued presence of COVID-19. However, doing so must be accomplished in measured ways that provide the safest possible environment for educators and students,’ (said Craig Harper, PAGE executive director). ‘Local school leaders are making informed decisions about when it is safe to open campuses, and many have determined that virtual instruction is the best, safest option for their communities. Georgia educators have a strong desire to reunite with students in classrooms, however, that desire is matched by their equally strong expectations that doing so will occur according to a process and timeline that protects the health and safety of all involved.’”

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July 2020, AJC

“After surveying its members and discussing the state situation, PAGE released its own recommendations…In a statement, PAGE said, ‘Following these recommendations offers multiple benefits including time for the increase in COVID-19 cases to subside, and for determining the appropriate school opening strategy. A delayed opening also provides more time for safety planning, robust communication with educators, and training on safety and instructional plans.’”

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July 2020, AJC

‘While the information released today provides some helpful guidance about preventing COVID-19 spread within open schools, Georgia’s Path to Recovery does not provide critical guidance regarding how district leaders should determine the safest and most appropriate way schools should begin the year,’ the organization of nearly 100,000 educators said in a statement. ‘COVID-19 spread in broader local communities within which schools operate should inform school opening decisions in conjunction with the actual cases of COVID-19 and exposure inside of a school.’”

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July 2020, AJC

“‘They don’t currently feel that their district plans appropriately respond to the risk,’ (PAGE Legislative Director Margaret) Ciccarelli said. Among those who identified themselves as high risk for complications of infection, 67% felt their district’s plan was inadequate.”

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July 2020, The Wall Street Journal

“‘In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp signed a budget bill that reduces spending by about 10%, including a $950 million cut to the main state education fund. Some poorer school districts rely on the state to cover 70% of operating expenses,’ said Margaret Ciccarelli, director of legislative services for Page Inc. [sic], the state’s teachers’ association.”

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July 2020, ‘Political Rewind’ Podcast on GPB

“‘Educators responding to the [PAGE] survey indicated a high level of trepidation about returning to school…Those who work in a district that has announced local opening plans are concerned that those don’t fully protect students and teachers as they come back to the building,’ said PAGE director of Legislative Services (Margaret Ciccarelli). More survey analysis and advocacy to come.”

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June 2020, Saporta Report

“That protection of equalization grants is unquestionably a good thing, said Claire Suggs of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators…But in some districts, especially places more dependent on state money, furloughs might be a possibility, she said…”

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June 2020, A Statement from PAGE Regarding SB 367 & State-Mandated Testing