Education Group Gives Georgia a "D+," but State Still Outranks Many

Jan 7, 2013

A new report card issued this week by an educational advocacy group gave Georgia a “D+.” The group, StudentsFirst, is headed by former Washington, D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee

Rebecca Sabilia,  StudentsFirst’s Chief Financial Officer, says the report card graded states in three key policy areas: how they evaluate teachers, empower parents, and spend money. 

“...things like teacher evaluations, things like pension reform," Sabilia says, "Those were policies that we thought were absolutely necessary in order to create reform environments at the local school level.”

Georgia is in the process of making its teacher evaluation system more comprehensive. StudentsFirst would also like to see state lawmakers pass a “parent trigger” law. Sabilia says that would allow parents at failing schools to vote on a change in leadership.

“Just knowing that parents may be able to veto or ‘no confidence’ vote the folks who are currently in power could be a really great democratic exercise,” she says.

Despite earning a “D,” Georgia’s performance was ranked 15th in the U.S. No state earned an “A.” The highest grade, was a “B-“ earned by just two states, Louisiana and Florida.