ATLANTA, GA—Today Governor Nathan Deal delivered his annual State of the State address to the Georgia General Assembly. StudentsFirst Georgia Director Michael O’Sullivan issued the following statement:

We are pleased that once again education was the primary focus of Governor Deal’s State of the State address. We appreciate the Governor’s clear commitment to enacting the recommendations prepared by the Education Reform Commission and look forward to their continued review and ultimate implementation.

If enacted, these reforms, especially a new student weighted funding formula, will have a positive impact on students and schools throughout the state. We firmly believe that the student-based, locally-driven funding reforms included in the Commission’s proposal will modernize Georgia’s approach to public education and better prepare kids for college or the workforce.

Finally, we applaud Governor Deal for continuing to speak up for the nearly 80,000 children across the state trapped in a chronically failing school. We, like the Governor, are committed to seeing the passage of the Opportunity School District amendment this November.


GeorgiaCAN: The Georgia Campaign for Achievement Now, formerly StudentsFirst Georgia, has been active in Georgia since 2011. We are a nonprofit education organization that advocates for all students across the state to have access to high-quality schools. Our goal is to ensure that students across Georgia have the opportunity to attend great schools and receive a great education that prepares them for future academic and professional success. We work to advance policies and programs that prioritize positive impacts for students statewide—especially those with the greatest needs.

Michael O’Sullivan is the executive director of GeorgiaCAN.


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