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Republican gubernatorial candidate stops in Valdosta

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email  
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Republican Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal met with supporters at Republican headquarters in Valdosta Thursday.

He touted the education plan he unveiled this week. Deal wants the state to pay off student loans for people who agree to teach math or science in Georgia schools.

He wants to allow students to be promoted early if they pass their CRCTs and he wants cut some of the strings attached to school funding to give local systems more control. 

 "A school system may not need new buses," said Deal. "They may not want to use that money so they won't have to furlough teachers. They many not need money that's classified for staff development. They may prefer to use that for example to make sure they have teachers in the classroom. "

Deal says balancing the budget will be difficult as federal stimulus money runs out. He says his top spending priorities would be education, public safety, transportation and healthcare.

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