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YOUR TICKET TO THE POLLS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 Jason Carter serves as a member of the Georgia State Senate representing District 42 (DeKalb County – North Druid Hills, Scottsdale, Avondale Estates, Belvedere Park and Candler-McAfee areas). He is also an attorney at the busi-ness litigation firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP. Senator Carter has great concern over the dismantling of Georgia’s public education system and its devastating impact on children and the state’s future. He proposes a separate education budget—essentially a trust fund for educa-tion that does not allow it to be raided to pay for other budget items. Senator Carter wants to make our investment in education the state’s top priority. Under his proposal, the legislature would consider the state budget in two parts. The first part would be our budget for education and, once the education budget has been approved, the remaining programs would be funded. Jason Carter believes that our school workforce must truly be supported and states that last year’s changes to the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) under-mined the state’s ability to recruit and retain teachers and impacted the morale of school employees. Carter is also a big proponent of: • HOPE and Pre-K lottery funded programs and has sponsored several pieces of legislation to improve and keep the programs healthy; • Restoring funding to the National Board Certification program; • Educators having input into the evaluation system; • Whistleblower protection for all school employees Senator Carters believes the time is now to bring educators, parents, officials, and advocates to the table to have a real conversation about how to move our education system forward so that it works for all of our boys and girls. MICHELLE NUNN GAE Endorsed Candidate U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, daughter of former United States Senator Sam Nunn, has spent most of her adult life working to empower individuals and communities to make a difference by bringing people together in a collaborative way to solve problems and bring about change. She currently serves as CEO and President of Points of Light, the largest organization in the country devoted to volunteer service. Michelle Nunn believes that: • Teachers are the front line practitioners and leaders in our classrooms and should play a key role in policymaking. She is a big proponent of collaboration amongst all education stakeholders as well as bringing businesses and community leaders to the table. • That multiple measures should be used to evaluate student achievement and school performance. • That the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should be amended to include school improvement options which raise student achievement in struggling schools through school based plans that utilize community assets, improve staff capacity and effectiveness, and develop family and community engagement while involving educators and their education associations in the process. • Federal health benefits, including Medicaid and CHIP, serving children and their families should continue to receive funding. • That private school voucher programs should not be funded via the federal government. • Pell Grant funding should be increased to keep pace with increased tuition costs and inflation. Michelle Nunn is willing and wants to work with all Congressmen and Congresswomen to effect positive results in Congress. JASON CARTER GAE Endorsed Candidate for Governor www.gae.org | 15 **PLEASE TEAR THIS PAGE OUT AND TAKE IT TO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU**


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