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Issue Position: Education

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Give A World Class Education to Every Child

Parents, not government, have the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Judson believes that it is in the state's best interest to fund a portion of the cost of providing an excellent education, and that parents and taxpayers at the local level provide the best decision-making. Educators must be respected and discipline in the classroom must be enforced. Judson also believes that success should be rewarded and failure must have consequences so that our children can excel and be prepared to compete globally.
Public education has become the chief embarrassment of our state. Our educators are not honored. Performing school systems are overburdened with regulation. Under performing school systems are not given the assistance they need to improve. Attempts at reform are focused more on what bureaucrats and liberal interest groups in Atlanta want than on what is best for our children.

To achieve excellence in Education Judson believes we must advance 7 core principles:

High Academic Standards - High academic standards are based on the principle that all students can learn. Raising expectations for what students are required to learn in the classroom will better prepare students for success. Standards in core subjects must be raised to meet international benchmarks to ensure American students can compete with their peers around the globe.
High Academic Standards - High academic standards are based on the principle that all students can learn. Raising expectations for what students are required to learn in the classroom will better prepare students for success. Standards in core subjects must be raised to meet international benchmarks to ensure American students can compete with their peers around the globe.
Standardized Measurement: Measuring whether students are learning a year's worth of knowledge in a year's time is essential for building on progress, rewarding success and correcting failures. To accurately measure progress, modern data and information systems should be utilized, and there must be maximum transparency.Data-driven accountability: Holding schools accountable for student achievement -- measured objectively with data such as annual standardized tests and graduation rates -- improves the quality of an education system. Success and learning gains no longer go unnoticed and problems are no longer ignored, resulting in efforts to effectively narrow achievement gaps.

Teacher Excellence: Study after study show the quality of teaching is paramount to student achievement. Financially rewarding educators for their expertise and their excellence will attract and retain the best and brightest to the teaching profession as well as to the greatest challenges in providing a quality education, including teaching in high-poverty and low-performing schools. Educators should be licensed, measured and compensated in diverse and flexible ways that put a premium on raising student achievement.

Outcome-based Funding & Governance: Investing in a quality educationfor all studentsis essential to our economy and quality of life. How money is spent is as important as how much funding is budgeted. Funding that recognizes and rewards progress will result in rising student achievement and more efficient and productive school systems.

School Choice: All students can learn, but different students need different environments to learn and flourish academically, emotionally and physically. Protecting and expanding school choice programs, including charter schools, will better meet the diverse needs of our students.

Disruptive Innovation: Countries around the globe are employing cutting-edge technology to educate their students. It is time to embrace technology across the board -- from innovative data, governance and delivery systems to digital curriculums and virtual schooling.

Senator Hill supports - Judson supports creating more Charter schools and providing them with the flexibility and expanded local control to meet the needs of the students. He has also supported legislation helping save Hope scholarship funding for our college students, and supported legislation creating Master Teacher designations to publically recognize teachers who consistently raise their students test scores. In 2010 Senator Hill stood up for our teachers and introduced Senate Bill 320 -- The Teacher's Bill of Rights legislation intended to keep the best teachers in the classroom. The bill would have helped teachers teach by allowing them to more effectively deal with unruly and disruptive students. SB 320 also gives teachers the right to bring in a representative for annual performance reviews and disciplinary proceedings. Judson supported legislation requiring at least 65% of all tax dollars to be spent in the classroom rather than on the bureaucracy, plus he supported the creation of graduation coaches which has helped increase high school graduation rates. Senator Hill has regularly voted to increase money spent on education advocating for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding for primary and secondary education as well as regular teacher pay raises.


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