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State School Superintendent candidate says schools deserve better support

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Democratic candidate for State School Superintendent says Georgia is doing a poor job supporting public schools.

Atlanta businessman Joe Martin told the Albany Rotary Club today that Georgia schools have many challenges, including some of the lowest graduation rates and S-A-T scores in the country.

He says Georgia legislators have to right the state's economy and make schools a priority.  "We need to have at least a 180 day school year. We need to avoid the teacher furlough days, which are just reducing teacher salaries. And certainly we need to bring class sizes down to a reasonable level", said Martin.

Martin was the executive director of the Georgia School Funding Association and was on the Atlanta School Board for many years.

He is opposed by Republican John Barge and Libertarian Kira Willis.

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