ATLANTA, GA – Today, Stacey Abrams accepted the endorsement of the Georgia Association of Educators GAE, and promised to work closely with teachers and other educators across the state to fully fund public schools, and expand support for wrap-around services like health care, nutrition, and mental health. At an event at an East Atlanta pre-school, Abrams stood with GAE President Charlotte Booker and local public school teachers who support Abrams because of her record of standing up for public schools, and her detailed plan to make sure every Georgia student has access to a quality, affordable public education.
“Families count on their local public schools to help them build a quality life for themselves,” said Charlotte Booker, president of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE). “That’s why we must continue to defeat voucher legislation which only serves to raid our public schools’ coffers of the funds they need for our students. And we need someone in the Governor’s seat who understands our schools do not need teachers armed with guns, but instead armed with books, internet, and other resources they need to do their jobs. That is why we are wholeheartedly endorsing Stacey Abrams for the next Governor of Georgia.”
“I know firsthand that good public school teachers can have a huge impact on a child’s life,” said Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. “That’s why it’s so important to listen closely to teachers, students and families, and to fight for them every day. I fought alongside teachers to stop the so-called ‘Opportunity School District’ that would have taken away local control from our schools. And as governor, I’ll make sure our schools are fully funded, that public funds are used for public schools, and that teachers and students have the resources they need to thrive.”
“Stacey Abrams has always listened to the voices of teachers like me. As House Democratic Leader, she supported our fight against austerity cuts and the Opportunity Schools District that would have taken away local control of schools,” said Brian Westlake, a law and philosophy teacher at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County. “Her opponent will do the opposite. He will siphon public school money to private interests through vouchers and tax credits, leaving educators and the children they serve to go without. We need a governor who keeps public money in our public schools. I am proud to support Stacey because she will treat educators as professionals and will bring them to the table as partners to ensure every child in Georgia has access to high quality education.”
You can read more about Abrams’ detailed plan for education here.
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