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Georgia governor candidates talk education

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal unveiled his education plan Tuesday.  His Democratic opponent Roy Barnes criticized him for waiting so long, saying education has been the focus of his campaign from the beginning.

Here are some highlights of both candidates' ideas:  Deal wants to form a commission to come up with improvements to how public education is funded.  He wants to develop a "move on when ready" structure to allow students to advance to more rigorous course work when ready.  And, he wants to create charter high schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Barnes says Republicans have cut more than $4 billion from education over the last eight years.  He wants to restore some of that money by eliminating between $400 and $800 million in special interest tax cuts every year.  He wants to change state law to remove funding disparities.  He says that will help charter schools.  And, he wants to hold parents accountable for misbehaving students.

Link to Nathan Deal's education plan

Link to Roy Barnes' education plan

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