Welcome to Georgia First, the website of Georgia's own champion of liberty... Ray McBerry!
Ray is the only former educator in the Republican race for Governor; he taught for more than ten years at both the high school and college level and in both public and private schools.
I believe that there are three things that we could begin to do immediately that would greatly improve the quality of education for all of Georgia's children without raising a penny of new taxes.
1. Local control. I believe that our public schools should be run at the local level, without interference from either Atlanta OR Washington. Today, the state and federal governments tell our local school systems from what lists we can choose our textbooks, whether our children can pray before their Friday night football games, what tests we must use to measure the success of both our students AND our teachers, and much more. I believe that control must be returned immediately to the local level. No one knows better how to provide the quality of education that our children deserve than we the parents, teachers, and principals who work with our children daily.
2. More competition. All of us benefit from more competition in every area of life... it makes us strive for excellence in each area. Education is no different. Parents should have the ultimate decision-making power in how and where to best educate our children, whether it be public schools, private schools, Faith Based schools, or homeschooling. The recent allowances made by the General Assembly in Georgia for some parents to use vouchers to pay for private education is a step in the right direction; but, until we change the tax system in Georgia, a better option is tax credits. Tax credits do not come with the strings attached that accepting vouchers has for private schools, and tax credits allow for parents to also choose the option of homeschooling, an option that has produced excellent results for many children. Ultimately, it is the parents who are most capable and most responsible for making the education decisions about our own children; and we parents as taxpayers should have the right to choose which type of education best suits the need of our own children.
3. Vocational Training. Here in Georgia, just like around the country, we have been guilty of misleading an entire generation of our young people by convincing them that if they wanted to be successful in life, they had to get a four-year liberal arts degree from college. The truth is that God did not give us all the same gifts, talents, and abilities. Those young people who have an aptitude, or even just a desire, to go into a vocational trade should be encouraged to do so. It would encourage them to stay in school until they received the necessary training for their career, and it would equip them to be productive citizens, capable of providing for themselves and their own families. Our state would benefit, in turn, from also having a lower rate of unemployable citizens and from being one of the very few places remaining in America where industry could find a skilled, trained workforce. Business and families would flourish in Georgia as companies that do not wish to relocate to Mexico or India would come to our fair state to set up shop.
Education is an important matter for all Georgians, whether our own children are currently school-age or not; and we cannot afford to have one more governor who does not understand the educational needs of Georgia. Ray McBerry is the only candidate in this race capable of representing educators AND families in leading the way for our children's future.
I support the abolition of both income and property taxes and the replacement of them with a state sales tax.
I consider myself a constitutionalist, and strongly support a return to the original principles of our Founding Fathers...
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Ray was the clear winner in the gubernatorial debate in west Georgia hosted by the LaGrange Patriots!
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