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GAE head: Flexibility an excuse
Chapman says exemptions helping to undermine funding for public schools
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During a visit to the Statesboro Herald Friday, Georgia Association of Educators President Dr. Sid Chapman said "flexibility is an excuse to continue underfunding public schools. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff
“Flexibility options” that exempt school systems from class-size limits, teacher pay scales and teacher certification requirements are generally not a good thing, Georgia Association of Educators President Dr. Sid Chapman told the Statesboro Herald.Chapman, president since July of National Education Association state affiliate, visited Statesboro Friday while traveling to publicize the GAE’s positions on issues and its support of certain candidates in Tuesday’s election.“Absolutely,” Chapman said, when asked if he meant that the flexibility options are really aimed at spending less money on education. “You can take Title 20 and everything that we have stood for and worked for in the last 30, 40 years, the strike of a pen and it’s gone, with all of those different options. You can hire fewer teachers.”In Georgia’s law code, Title 20 is the volume that governs education.
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