Friday's guest on the "Mornings unPHILtered" show was Roger Hines, a Republican candidate for state school superintendent in Georgia. Hines was the fourth superintendent candidate to appear on the show this week.
Hines told host Phil Boyum he is running because he believes Georgia can do better with the money its spending on public schools. While serving for two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, Hines served on the State Education Committee.
The 16th child of a Mississippi tenant farmer, Hines said he learned about hard work at an early age. Hines received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Hines and his wife Nancy have four children (Christi, Wendy, Jeff and Reagan) and seven grandchildren.
An English teacher, Hines said teachers today are buried in paperwork. He said they need paraprofessionals to assist them with their many non-teaching duties. He also believes we are testing students to death.
Hines said public schools need to better serve students who don't want to go college by ensuring they receive work force skills to help them in the real world.
Throughout his college years, Hines said he served as presidents of both the Student National Education Association and the Baptist Student Union. After graduating, Hines started teaching in the Meridian, Mississippi public school system.
Over the past 42 years he has taught at Wheeler High School, North Cobb High School, Oakwood High School, Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Chattahoochee Technical College.
The 42 years of teaching experience, Hines said, qualifies him for the job of Georgia's State School Superintendent.
Some of the honors Hines has won include: Teacher of the Year at both Wheeler and North Cobb High School, in the Cobb County School District, and as a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Hines, one of the founding members of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, is also on the Board of Directors of PAGE and has served as the editor of Page One, Page's publication.
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