ATLANTA — Today, Democratic nominee for Governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams highlighted her public education platform, which includes a commitment to addressing the impact of nearly a decade of austerity cuts, investing in wraparound services in our schools, and opposing back door vouchers that drain resources from our public schools — vouchers her opponent Brian Kemp would double.
“Every child deserves access to an excellent public education, no matter who they are or where they live,” said Leader Stacey Abrams. “Public education moved my parents out of poverty and allowed them to achieve progress and provide opportunity for their children. Through targeted investments in wraparound services, a commitment to keeping public dollars in public schools, and a modernized education funding formula, we can end the correlation between poverty and educational outcomes so that every student has the freedom and opportunity to thrive.”
Full Funding and Access
Continued full funding of the current education funding formula and adoption of a more comprehensive education funding formula
- directly address the correlation between poverty and educational outcomes
- invest in student transportation to ensure safety and to stop the shifting of local dollars from the classroom to the bus route
- support educators as they seek to best serve our students
- invest in access to technology
Public dollars for public schools—NO to vouchers and private school tax credits.
Respect for student diversity
- provide solutions that meet individual needs
- include supports for ESL learners, students of color, children with disabilities, and low-income students
Rural commitment through support for teacher recruitment, student transportation, AP course offerings, 4-H youth development, the library system, and afterschool initiatives.
Improvements in student achievement and preparedness through the use of comprehensive community-driven strategies including:
- expanded wraparound services,
- a focus on third grade reading proficiency,
- access to arts education,
- increased high school graduation rates,
- STEAM afterschool programming, and
- major new investments in early care and learning.
Empowered parents through innovative communications and toolkits.
Support for educators through smaller class sizes, less high-stakes testing, competitive salaries and benefits, recognition of mentor teachers, better working conditions, and true partnership so educators’ voices can be heard.
Respect for local, community voices in school improvement.
- gun safety policies
- focus on school climate and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
- breaking the school to prison pipeline
- supports for school mental health professionals and school resource officers
- digital citizenship programs
- resources for safety and security building improvements.