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Deal talks up Romney, charter school amendment at rally

Staff Photo: John Bohn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speaks at a Gwinnett County Republican Party rally held in Duluth Thursday evening.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speaks at a Gwinnett County Republican Party rally held in Duluth Thursday evening.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal arrives to speak at a Gwinnett County Republican Party rally held in Duluth Thursday evening. At left is Brett Harrell, of the Georgia House of Representatives, District 106, at right is Donna Sheldon, Majority Chair of the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Donna Sheldon, Georgia House majority Chair, left, speaks with Mike Beaudreau, right, Gwinnett County Commissioner, District 3 as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speaks at a Gwinnett County Republican Party rally held in Duluth Thursday evening.

DULUTH -- A day after presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Atlanta for a fundraiser, Gov. Nathan Deal defended the politician's recent controversial comments as he rallied for Romney's election Thursday in the GOP stronghold of Gwinnett.

Deal said Romney's recent comments about a growing percentage of Americans relying on government programs, with a shrinking group of those paying taxes, echoed concerns of political philosophers when this country was created.

"We're getting outnumbered by people who don't pay ... The truth is the truth," Deal said to a group of more than 100 GOP leaders. "It is something we ought to wake up and realize because it jeopardizes the country on many levels."

The governor said Georgia has been fortunate to maintain a steady, albeit slow, economic growth during his two years in office, but he said the election of Romney would lift a "cloud of uncertainty that hovers over the country right now," allowing for big economic gains.

"I think we'll see a bonanza the likes of which we haven't seen in this country in a long, long time," he predicted, if Republicans regain control of the Senate and the White House in the November election.

Deal also tried to convince the crowd to vote in favor of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the state's right to charter schools without approval from local school boards.

Deal noted the controversy in the county, where local Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks pushed for a no vote during a Chamber of Commerce speech Wednesday,

"I haven't seen any issue as distorted ... as this one has become," Deal said, adding that while Gwinnett is fortunate to have a quality school system, some areas of the state have drop out rates as high as 50 percent.

"I think it is an opportunity," Deal said, again extolling Norcross charter school Ivy Preparatory Academy.

In a rally designed to coordinate a push for Republican candidates, Deal said party enthusiasts should not take for granted that Georgia is a red state.

"We're not a swing state by most calculations," he said. "But we need to have a big showing at the polls in November."

County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, who is chairing Romney's campaign in Gwinnett, discussed a strategy after the governor's speech, seeking volunteers not only to knock on doors to boost turnout here but to travel to swing states like Florida and Ohio to campaign.

"As someone who has experience losing close campaigns," Beaudreau said, referencing a tight loss in a primary runoff last month, " you don't want to wake up the next morning and think about what could have been."

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 7 months ago

i would like to see the real drop out numbers of Gwinnett.. I know that some of the schools have sent the seniors to two summer schools in one summer to get them passed...I think Wilbanks is not giving the whole truth to the public.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe if they quit teaching the test and taught the children, Hand a student working at KFC 10 dollars for a meal costing 863 and make them give you the change without the use of the cash register....I wont happen

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JHogan 1 year, 7 months ago

I think the governor is in it up to his eyeballs. Follow his logic: Shrinking economies produce lower growth, thus fewer workers per unit of output, thus lower wages until many people who work don't even make enough money to pay taxes.

Therefore, we should further concentrate the wealth of the nation into even fewer than the 1% which presently control most of it. And make public schools private, while we're at it.

I think we need a Re-Deal.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Well said - and yet so many refuse to see it.

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R 1 year, 7 months ago

"I haven't seen any issue as distorted ... as this one has become," Deal said"

WOW forgot the whole TSPLOST experience already have we?

Can't blame one for trying though.

"Deal also tried to convince the crowd to vote in favor of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the state's right to charter schools without approval from local school boards.

Deal noted the controversy in the county, where local Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks pushed for a no vote during a Chamber of Commerce speech Wednesday,

Of course the Chamber was all set to support the NO position too not that long ago itself.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 7 months ago

The graduation rate of 67.6% for GCPS was printed in the spring bulletin. One third of GCPS students do not graduate in 4 years.

http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/CCC7596C5EFEC5BC85257A0200750ED2/$file/ComEss_Spring2012_FINAL_single.pdf (See page 3.)

You can also view the report prepared by State School Superintendent John Barge for the Governor’s Office:

http://reportcard2011.gaosa.org/(S(ol5aunryh4gpvefi1jl0vr45))/k12/Indicators.aspX?ID=667:ALL&TestKey=GradRate&TestType=indicators

Even though Gwinnett's rate is about average for Georgia, there are 111 Georgia school systems, or 60%, that have higher graduation rates than GCPS.

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NewsReader 1 year, 7 months ago

I cannot speak for anyone else's math, but 67.6% is complete failure! And 60% of the schools systems in GA have higher graduation rates? Sounds to me that GCPS is a dismal failure based on those numbers. Why don't all you clowns that oppose the Charter School Amendment defend those statistics?

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Sandykin 1 year, 7 months ago

You also need to look at the composition of the student body. How many of these kids were apartment dwellers and simply moved out of the school's district? Also, Gwinnett is very ethnically diverse. How many of the kids that do truly drop out come from homes where education is, by culture, not valued? Take a look at some of the countries these kids come from. If they graduate the 6th grade, they are well educated.

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apsLilburn 1 year, 7 months ago

Wilbanks, Deal, and Beaudreau? I thought we were trying to get Romney elected!!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 7 months ago

Why on earth would you want to do that??? The plans on which he campaigns will turn the economy bad faster it did with the Bush tax cuts.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Is this the EZ PASS for the schools. In Florida they privatized some schools only to learn they lost all local control and the State Legislature became the final authority. The for-profit schools were ripping off the system and educational control became a "take it or leave it" proposition. This is the Briscoe Field of Education and it's not surprising that the Privatizing Crowd rushes in whenever there is discontent wiht education. Wait until they get control of you schools and only the state legislaturecan remedy your complaints. Oh, and the state legislature is heavily lobbied by the Educational Privatizing Crowd.

The Gwinnett Chamberr of Communists, (Commerce), helped fuel this controversy.

PS Say good-bye tp Mike Beaudreau who lost his bid for re-election. He finnal heard the voices of the people instead of the voices of his own ego.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

The Govenor has all the facts and doesn't understand them. Public Education is a shared responsibility. It largely determins the development of future generations. Thank God those before us saw the value in education for all and not just a privilidged few. The fact the there is a growing percentage who don't pay tax is testiment to the decline in the middle class and the disparity in incomes. Did this Govenor finish High School?

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BuzzG 1 year, 7 months ago

Want to know why Wilbanks is against charter schools?

“It is remarkably difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.“ Upton Sinclaire

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Speaking of Deal; What became of thos million dollar loans he got for his daughter. Were they repaid, liquidated in Bankruptcy or quietly forgiven? And tell me he didn't use his influence to get his daughhter that money. It's the same "good 'ol Boys Club" as usual.

Did Governor EZ PASS get a free ride? Let's Make a Deal.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Over the past 2 years I've attended several county commission meetings. Each meeting begins with a prayer. Why bother. I suggest all opening prayers include the words "and father please teach our commissioners to be honest and to not take bribes". Do I hear a second?

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Once politicians get involed the educational system is doomed.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

The word Charter means Privatized - for profit above all else.

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rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Fix the problem - don't replace it with a bigger one.

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kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

Bring on the vote for Charter Schools at the State level. Now we can force the move forward instead of letting the locals kick the can down the road to protect their jobs and money. It costs taxpayers over $10,000 per student in Gwinnett to educate one student for one year. Go to the GCPS web site, divide the budget by the number of students. You might need an adding machine to do the calculation!

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