Originally created 11/05/06

Georgia School Superintendent race



Question: With the state's official graduation rate now sitting at more than 70 percent, what are the next steps Georgia needs to take to help more students earn their diplomas?

Kathy Cox

We will continue to focus on the three R's: Rigor, by challenging students with our curriculum that sets high standards for all students; relevance, through revamped career, technical and agricultural programs that clearly connect to jobs after graduation; and relationships, with our new graduation coaches who keep students on the right track.

Denise Majette

Did not respond

David Chastain

The state should work with local school districts to identify reasons our kids are dropping out and proceed from there. A number of successful remediation programs have been used by private partners in the past. The best should be identified and replicated.

Question: With school funding certain to be an issue in the years ahead, what is a change you would make to the way the state divides education funding among local districts?

Kathy Cox

The governor and I have convened the Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) task force to explore new and innovative options for changing our state's school funding equations and processes. We will make this a focus of the next four years in order to ensure every education dollar is maximized for improving student achievement.

Denise Majette

Did not respond

David Chastain

First, Georgia would benefit from restoring the promised austerity cuts as an interim solution. Next, compare Georgia's funding formula to those states enjoying greater success and identify best practices for consideration.

Question: What is the most important thing the state superintendent can do to improve education?

Kathy Cox

I have worked for the past four years to pass sound student-focused policy, set high expectations in the curriculum and provide our schools with the support they need, which is exactly what I plan to do for the next four years as well.

Denise Majette

Did not respond

David Chastain

Spend more time listening to the needs of Georgia's superintendents, other education professionals and parents and less time selling programs hatched in Washington.

CANDIDATE PROFILES

Kathy Cox


Residence: Peachtree City

Age: 42

Political experience: Incumbent state school superintendent, was state representative for four years

Profession: Educator

Education: Bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science from Emory University

Family: Husband, John Cox; two sons

Denise Majette


Residence: Stone Mountain

Age: 51

Political experience: Former congresswoman, judge

Profession: Lawyer

Education: Undergraduate degree from Yale University; law degree from Duke University School of Law

Family: Husband, Rogers J. Mitchell Jr.; three children; two grandchildren

David Chastain


Residence: Acworth

Age: 49

Political experience: Chairman, Cobb County Libertarian Party

Profession: Logistics analyst

Education: Bachelor's degree in real estate, University of Georgia

Family: Wife, Lori; three children