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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Educators from all across South Georgia gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn Tuesday night, to let their voices be heard and ask state lawmakers for more instruction time in our children's classrooms.  

"Well first of all, we going to be talking about 180 day initiative where is we are advocating for 180 days of fully funded instruction for the students in the state of Georgia," said Calvine Rolling's, Georgia Association of Educators.  

Calvine Rolling's with the Georgia Association of educators says more days in the classroom will lead to academic success.  

"This is very important because we are pushing student achievement in order for our students to achieve and to compete with other students across the state, they need 180 days in the classroom," said Rolling's.  

State Senator Freddie Powell Sims is a former educator who knows what teachers go through on a daily basis.  

"I can have empathy and a lot of sympathy for today's public school teachers and any other teacher," State Senator Freddie Powell Sims.  

State Senator Freddie Powell Sims says our students need more than just 180 classroom instruction days.  

"I think 180 days is not nearly enough, 200 days easily, our students lose so much when they are not in school, and if we want to continue to compete with those nations that have 200 plus school days we are going to have to do the same thing," said Sims.  

And that's why State Senator Freddie Powell Sims along with other legislators are going to take the information gathered at tonight's event and get to work on education policy.  

The Georgia Association of educators meets every year with state senators and representatives to talk about education policy before the General Assembly session starts. The Georgia general assembly will convene on January 13th.

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