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GAE president talks about issues facing education

Sid Chapman Sid Chapman
The Georgia Association of Educators is encouraging legislators to restore full funding to education to bring back a 180 day school year.

Dr. Sid Chapman, the president of the GAE, is behind the 180 day initiative.

He says after several years of severe cuts to the state education budget, school systems have cut back on instructional days, which ultimately impacts students in the long run.

"We would like of course the legislature to fund public education as it should. And it's just been cut after cut after cut after cut through the years," said Chapman.

Chapman says districts with low tax bases can't absorb the loss of state funding and have to implement furlough days. 

He also says Common Core standards help provide more accurate comparisons among students. "I've heard mostly good about it from educators. the main thing they like is, it's already implemented. We're forever changing, going from CRCT to Milestones. We're changing changing changing and we never stay consistent. That's why we support this," explained Chapman.

States across the country collaborated with teachers, researchers, and leading experts to design and develop Common Core State Standards. Each state independently made the decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards, beginning in 2010. 


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