POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal asks teachers for input on issues

Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates are reaching out to teachers.

A week after the endorsement of the Georgia Association of Educators went to Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal is asking for teachers to give him opinions to form his platform.

The online survey, which is available at his campaign website www.nathandeal.org, asks questions from the amount of time spent preparing students for tests to access to classroom technology.

“I can’t develop an educational platform without the input of the professionals in the classroom,” Deal said in a press release. “Teachers are already offering thoughtful and constructive advice and I look forward to hearing from more of them.”

Deal’s wife is a former teacher and his parents were teachers as well, so he has pledged to be a strong advocate for educators.

“When Roy Barnes was telling teachers what was wrong with them, I was helping my wife grade papers,” Deal said of the former governor. “I have been listening to Georgia teachers throughout my public life and welcome their input.”

Deal plans to release his education plan for Georgia in September, the release said.

Forum reminder

A candidate forum from Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and Atlanta 9 to 5 will be held tonight.

The invited candidates include the gubernatorial hopefuls and those from U.S. House District 7, and state House Districts 102, 103 and 106, Senate District 5.

The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at New Mercies Christian Church, located at 4000 Five Forks-Trickum Road in Lilburn.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.