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    Organization: Georgia Association of Educators     Date: 5/27/2018


  Georgia Association of Educators' President discusses education in peach state  

(Thursday,12/14/2017 ©  WTXL-TV Tallahassee, FL)

Jade Bulecza

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Georgia Association of Educators says testing, funding, and class size are issues schools are facing in the peach state.

Dr. Sid Chapman, the president of the association, says in some classrooms there's one teacher to every 30 to 35 children.

He says they also have to deal with a large amount of paperwork.

Chapman believes teachers aren't paid nearly enough which makes it difficult to recruit and retain them.

Chapman also discussed serving on the advisory committee for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which took the place of No Child Left Behind.

He says it's meant to reduce the amount of standardized testing, but the governor requested to expand it.

Chapman also says schools are not adequately funded and that schools in rural areas have a more difficult time especially since the tax base is lower.