3 School Chief Candidates Oppose Performance Pay
(AJC) — The three candidates vying for state school superintendent butted heads Sunday night over who is best qualified to raise student achievement and teacher morale in an era of government cost-cutting. All of them are longtime devotees to education, although only two — Republican John Barge and Libertarian Kira Willis — are career public school employees. Barge has been a schoolteacher, principal and administrator. Willis is an 18-year schoolteacher. Democrat Joe Martin spent 20 years on the Atlanta Board of Education and, in recent years, was the leader of a consortium of rural educators that filed suit over Georgia’s system of funding public schools.