ATLANTA – Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced statewide support for his re-election from educators, including classroom teachers, principals, superintendents and members of boards of education. A list of more than 60 Georgia educators who are leading the group can be found here.
“By listening to teachers, administrators and employers, along with students, Johnny Isakson has always worked to make sure our kids receive the best education possible here in Georgia to ensure their long-term success,” said Alvin Wilbanks, superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools. “Johnny listens and then he acts. He does everything he can to help educators equip Georgia students for a bright future. I look forward to his continued leadership in Washington.”
“I have always been inspired by Senator Isakson’s grasp of situations and his ability to relate them so well,” Marietta City Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck said. “He was a champion for public education, and notably for teachers, long before most other public figures took note of the critical importance, challenges and great triumphs transpiring in schools throughout Cobb County as well as our nation.”
“As a teacher, I have always felt that Johnny Isakson has heard my voice and the voices of my colleagues in the classroom, and represented us well in whatever capacity he was serving,” said Caitlin Belton, a teacher in Henry County, Ga. “I’m proud to support him by joining ‘Educators for Isakson,’ just has he has supported us.”
“Our children are the future leaders of our communities, our state and our country, and I’m proud to have the support of those who work every day to shape the lives of future generations,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate education committee. “I’m married to a teacher and was chairman of the Georgia state Board of Education, so I know firsthand that whether public, private or home school, getting a quality education is the key to a better way of life, lower unemployment and expanding economic prosperity for all Americans.”
Isakson most recently led the reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. This legislation includes removing federally mandated standards and ensuring that accountability systems are designed and implemented by the states, not the federal government. The legislation also ensures that the federal government cannot force states to implement a set of core academic standards.
The Senate unanimously adopted Isakson’s amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act that helps parents understand their rights to “opt-out” their children from state assessments, because he strongly believes that parents are the best positioned to make important decisions regarding the education of their children.
Isakson is a proven leader on education issues, always advocating for greater parental and local control, and advocating for better access to technology for all learners. As a member of the education committee in both the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate, he led major reforms to education, leading to better accountability and achievement. In Georgia, he served as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education from 1997-1999, where, along with a curriculum overhaul, under his leadership, Georgia’s public schools experienced an increase in local control.