Given eight years as Georgias governor, state House minority leader DuBose Porter promised Columbia County Democrats, he could elevate Georgia from the bottom 40s in national education rankings to the top 20.
The gubernatorial candidate and Dublin-based newspaper publisher said in a speech today at the Evans Government Center that Georgias governor needs the political will to undue seven years of damage to public education by Republican leaders.
Since Republicans took control of the state, Mr. Porter said, state funding for education has been cut by $2 billion. He also chastised Gov. Sonny Perdue for increasing classroom sizes.
It will take the political will to say were going to do something in early grades ... and give our teachers the time to do it, he said.
To counteract what he called another Republican blunder, Mr. Porter said he wants to expand the number of students eligible for HOPE scholarships.
Other items on the 27-year veteran lawmakers political agenda included improving Atlantas mass transit system, improving public safety by hiring more state troopers and developing a state water plan based on watershed assessments and not political motivations.
Mr. Porter was the third Democratic gubernatorial candidate in four days to appear at meetings sponsored by Columbia County Democrats.
On Friday, Attorney General Thurbert Baker and David Poythress, former commander of the Georgia Army and Air National Guard, spoke to area Democrats about their political platforms.