As I Campaign for the Dist. 9 (at large) BOE
seat, I am encouraged by the support for
Teacher raises here in Barrow County. I will
continue to support this effort, though out my
2014 campaign, and beyond.
Candidate for Dist. 9 BOE seat
When the Barrow County School System gets ranked in the top 25 school systems in Georgia we can discuss giving teachers a raise.
Once again, DuWayne, your true colors are coming out. Support the Teachers Unions, Spend Money, Raise Taxes. Stop running as a Republican, when you're really a Democrat.
Thank you for your comment. I know you spent
quite a bit of time formulating your response to
my post. Couple of quick points I would like to
1. There are no Teacher Unions in Georgia.
2. Teachers in GA have not seen any pay
increases for 5 or 6 years. It is time to correct
3. I know of no tax increases that are planned by
the Georgia Assembly, nor have I ever
advocated for any tax increases to fund
raises for Teachers. QBE dollars have been
approved for distribution to counties so
current Teacher Furlough days can be reduced
to zero. This action does not constitute
a raise, but simply restores a Teacher's
pay to it's original 100% level.
4.None of the above items raises your tax rate
1 Red Cent. I know you will be very happy
Again, thank you do much for taking time to
Actually DuWayne PAGE and MACE are both Teacher's Unions active in Georgia. Just because they call themselves "Associations" doesn't mean they aren't unions. If that were true, Delta wouldn't have any unions in it. ALPA - Air Line Pilot's ASSOCIATION...aka Pilot Union.
That's a typical Democrat response claiming there are no teacher's unions in Georgia. There are, Georgia just doesn't REQUIRE a teacher to be a member.
Second, the only way Barrow Board of Education can provide a raise for teachers in its school system is to raise county taxes. You are correct, the Georgia Assembly doesn't plan to increase taxes in order to give raises, however, their plans are to move the money around from one department to another in order to provide those raises. Barrow BOE has no say in that what so ever. The only portion BOE has control over is that provided by the county. In order to raise that, you'll have to raise taxes.
There is a reason teachers haven't seen a raise in 5-6 years. They haven't deserved it. Georgia remains among the poorest performing education systems in the nation. When become one of the best, we can discuss giving them a raise.
Thank you again for posting. Any additional QBE dollars sent to county BOE's are used based
on local needs. The State can suggest what the
money is used for, but in the end, the local BOE
makes the final decision. I have no information
on any planned tax increases.
Once again DuWayne you are wrong. Quality of Basic Education funds cannot be used to supplement teacher's salary. The State distributes the funds based on the number of students in a school system. The funds for teacher's salaries are provided by a separate fund because the State portion of the salaries are a set schedule, which is the same across the board from one school district to another. What makes the difference in a teacher's salary is the funding raised by the local jurisdictions through taxes.
If your grand plan involves using QBE dollars for increasing the Barrow County portion of the salary, not only will you be misappropriating funds, but you'll be taking much needed money that is to be used on improving the school facilities and to provide much needed materials for the class room.
I appreciate your zeal in all of your responses.
To clarify the situation, please reference the
following BCN report;
"Creel asks for longer calendar, no Furloughs
By Zak Taylor March 26th, 2014, @ 1:00pm.
Please take time to read the entire article, then
confirm with your district BOE member. These are the facts, not just my opinion. I do support Dr. Creel's request to reduce furlough days to 0,
Thank you again for your thoughts,
In 2015, Barrow Teachers will have (0)
furlough days for the first time in several
years! Teachers in this county and around
the state of Georgia have let our state reps
know how they feel, and after some debate
during the last Legislative session, funds
were made available to counties with the
suggestion that the dollars be used to
eliminate Teacher Furlough Days.
I am pleased that our county chose to
use the dollars to sustain 0 furlough days
for Teachers in 2015.
There is still work to do. Gov. Deal has
indicated in news conferences that he is
interested in having discussions about a
possible raise for Teachers and State
employees. Please let your voice be heard
on this issue as well.
As a candidate for The D9(at large) I will
continue to be an advocate for Teacher raises
throughout my 2014 campaign and beyond.