Georgia DOE Finds Enough Funding for Branding Program / Furlough Days Still on Calendar

In an effort to change public perception of Georgia schools, Superintendent Barge is launching a branding campaign. Wouldn't it be cool teachers' furlough days were a reason to find funding, too?

During the debates that preceded our voting on Amendment One, an amendment to our state constitution that allowed charter schools to appeal to the state when they were denied by local boards of education, Georgia School Superintendent John Barge spoke out against it. He said, "Before we start putting money in other places, I would really like to see all of our kids across the state in school 180 days and teachers at full pay."

Wow.  That sounds like a guy who's committed to his cause. Right?

But, then he forgot that. 

Because addressing furlough days is not as important as his new project. So far, nearly $60,000 have been spent by the Georgia Department of Education to out-of-state for profit vendor, Voss & Associates from Florida. This branding outreach includes things like flyers and knickknacks with the campaign's logo and they are working on raising more money to have a regular show broadcast on GPTV called "Modern Teacher".  The pilot has been done – now they just need more money for this worthy cause. 

This is a campaign to highlight all the great things about Georgia's public school.  Hey!  What happened to that commitment to 180 days of school and teachers at full pay?  Does anyone else see the hypocrisy?  Kind of makes you wonder how long he's been working on this little project, doesn't it?  It kind of makes you wonder where his priorities are too. 

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Jim Beam November 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM
There's no difference at all. You NO crowd complained for months that tax $$ going to out-of-state, for-profit companies was bad. This Voss & Associates project was a blind, no-bid contract that was completely hidden from the public until after-the-fact. It's also a completely-useless expense that won't better the education of a single solitary GA child. You too are a hypocrite on this issue, NMB.
Common Sense December 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
So is it bad, or is it good, Dan? You can't have both. The 'No' crowd complaining about out-of-state profiteers dive-bombing into Georgia to run entire schools is a heck of a lot different than ordering Dell computers across state lines. The last time I checked, Dell doesn't make a SINGLE financial decision for the district. How about CSUSA over at your school? Oh wait, you're the brain behind that disaster. That $1.5 million hole. Now I remember!
Jim Beam December 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I'm the brain behind what disaster? and what does Dell computers have to do with a blind, no-bid contract to Voss & Associates? Common Sense is clearly not so common, as your posts prove time & time again. Put the bong down before you post next time, please.
Kristal Dixon December 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hey everyone! I want to remind you all to please keep personal attacks out of your comments. Thanks!
Common Sense December 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I wish I had a bong after reading your posts. If you'd stop playing on Facebook and the Patch all day, perhaps CCA would be in a better financial situation. Just sayin', DAN(ny).


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