Kemp Delivers State of State: Georgia’s ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Success Paves Way for $1.4 Billion K–12 Funding

Kemp Delivers State of State: Georgia’s ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Success Paves Way for $1.4 Billion K–12 Funding


Georgia has money to spare this year, and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) plans to direct much of it toward education, the governor said during his State of the State address on Thursday.

Kemp laid out a host of education-related priorities at the beginning of his speech, including completing the second half of his 2018 campaign promise for $5,000 teacher pay increases, fully reversing education budget cuts that were made in response to coronavirus, and passing a “parental bill of rights.”

Evoking both Psalm 16:8 of the Bible and famed high school football coach Billy Henderson, the Georgia Republican credited the state’s resiliency amid “divisive politics, the pandemic, and unforeseen challenges” for the state’s now strong economic position.

“Our state has celebrated unprecedented success,”

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