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Carter: Education Needs to be Top Priority in Budget

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Sen. Jason Carter (D) Sen. Jason Carter (D)
SAVANNAH, GA - Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jason Carter criticized Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's commitment to education after Deal signed the new state budget Monday.

In a released statement, Carter said  “Budgets reflect values, and this budget shows that Gov. Deal does not value our students, teachers and classrooms. The governor’s budget continues the shell game of education funding in our state, adding to years of grossly inadequate budgets for our schools. "

The budget signed by deal includes 300 million for new schools and teacher's raises according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  It would also pump 800 million into new schools, college buildings, and the effort to deepen the Savannah port.

Carter, who has been shown in recent polls to be running dead even or ahead of Deal in the Georgia Gubernatorial race, says he has
proposed writing a separate education budget that will protect schools from politicians who try to raid their budgets to pay for other things.   “The dismantling of our education system remains the single biggest failure of Georgia’s current leadership, and is the biggest drain on our state’s economy. The consequences are real. A new report shows that Georgia has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the country. Georgia needs leaders with vision for a brighter future,” he said.

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