COVINGTON — Gov. Brian Kemp made his second State of the State address on Thursday, Jan. 16.
During his announcement, Kemp spoke on several matters, including his expectations for Georgia educators and their students moving forward.
“While Republicans and Democrats disagree often, we all know the value of a good education,” said Kemp. “We know the impact that a teacher can have on a student. We know that learning has the power to lift people out of poverty, and help many realize their full, God-given potential. As we move forward as a state, we must re-affirm our commitment to Georgia’s schools; trust parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children; and support our superintendents, teachers, counselors and specialists as they work to educate and inspire the next generation.”
In his remarks, Governor Kemp also recognized the service of Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey, Georgia’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year.
”While we spend a lot of time honoring athletes and elected officials, these (educators) are the public servants who really deserve the credit,” said Kemp. “Joining us today in the gallery are two hardworking Georgians who deserve all the accolades and applause that we can muster. Mrs. Samantha Fuhrey of Newton County is Georgia’s Superintendent of the Year for 2020, and Mrs. Tracey Pendley of Atlanta Public Schools is our 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Please join me in saying, ‘Thank You!’ To truly honor their service, we have some work to do in the days ahead.”
During the speech, Kemp also announced that his budget will include a $2,000 pay raise for public school teachers in Georgia, building on the historic $3,000 raise passed during the 2019 legislative session.
”By investing in our educators, we can build a strong house, a place where everyone learns and all Georgians have the opportunity to thrive,” said Kemp.
Kemp concluded his speech on education confirming that there is a lot of work ahead.
“Let’s fully fund public school education for the third year in a row, accounting for growth and resources needed to properly educate. Let’s dismantle the remnants of Common Core, reduce the number of required tests and give teachers the opportunity to actually do what they do best — teach.”