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Black Caucus hears from South Georgia

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgians were able to voice their concerns to Georgia legislators Saturday morning. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is in Albany this weekend. Education dominated a big portion of a panel discussion Saturday morning.

Mitchell county's School Superintendent said that even though dollars from President Obama's stimulus package is helping their school district save 33 jobs; he wants lawmakers to make sure that rural school systems get their share of state education dollars.

"The decisions that are made in the city of Atlanta under to gold dome affect what we are able to do out on the field and in the trenches. And education is the number one priority as far as I am concerned," said Mitchell County Superintendent, Beauford Hicks.

The Mitchell county school system has close to a three million dollar deficit. But the superintendent says they continue to make great strides at their schools despite the budget shortfalls.

But it wasn't all about education. South Georgia's health issues were also highlighted. The 53 members participating in this weekend's event were also welcomed to health screenings.

Several Albany Tech Nursing Practitioner students were on hand to give blood pressure and body mass index readings. They say they want legislators to know that high blood pressure and obesity are big problems in South Georgia.

"If there are laws to be passed concerning LPN's with the black caucus, we hope that they pay attention to them. And we want them to know that we are concerned and that we are trying to do something about it, but we need help," said student, Francesca McAlister.

Georgia's black caucus is the largest one in the nation. This was the first time that Georgia's Black Caucus met outside of metro-Atlanta.

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