Ever watch the old sleight of hand artists play the card game or the ball under the cup? Watch closely, they’ll tell you, and you are sure you are, but, somehow, you are just about always wrong. That’s what Kemp is doing. I never thought much about it because I didn’t have kids in school. But then a teacher friend started talking and I started doing some research. And my sister had problems with HER school system, so one thing led to another, and before you know it, deep into the internet you go.
What Kemp and the Superintendent of Public Education in Georgia (otherwise known as one lying SOB) is doing is comparing the scores of Georgia’s schools to–>Georgia schools in the past. TA-DA! They don’t use a for real standard like maybe the national average, or something crazy like that. There’s a reason for that. If Georgia’s test scores are compared to other states, we come out as 36/50. That’s in the BOTTOM of the bottom third.
So, yeah, Kemp is going to keep talking about how our schools keep improving. Because they are improving when you compare them to the WRONG THING.
How did this happen?
Back about 25 years ago, the Republicans started promising voters that they would “slash taxes”. What they did not say (and voters did not ask) was what would be on the chopping block because you cannot slash your income without slashing your spending.
School programs – band, chorus, drama, newspaper, uniforms, extracurriculars, various supplies, drivers’ ed, languages, books for library, computers, etc.
infrastructure-fixing roads, bridges, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, public housing renovation, utility maintenance/renovation, public service
parks and recreation-public areas closed, pools, courts decayed, fences were vandalized
police/fire/ems-staff was cut back, vehicles not replaced, equipment not bought
And so on. Now that Biden has finally gotten part of the Infrastructure Bill in place and some of the money is coming in, people are beginning to see what they were missing, and they are realizing that they were robbed in so many ways by people they thought they could trust. They were told that “we’ll make sure that all services will remain the same. But they did not because they could not pay for them. And you get what you can pay for.
In education, we have a whole generation that cannot read, cannot write properly, does not know civics, does not understand economics, does not have a clue about history, and this was intentional. Why? Because an uneducated voter is easier to mislead, enrage, and influence than one that is educated. The Republicans have been working on this for the last 25 years and we let them.
Now it is time to stand up and stand strong and take our country, our state, our district, and our county boards of education BACK. They can’t have them anymore. It’s time to stand up together at the ballot box in Georgia and vote for Lisa Searcy for Superintendent of Public Education and for your Democratic candidates for county school boards.
Tell your neighbors, friends, and family that we’re mad as hell about this and these Republicans cannot do this anymore. They’re done. There’s a new sheriff in town.
While you are at it, vote for me for State Senate in District 29. Stacey Abrams and Charlie Bailey are going to need my help in there.