Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is pushing a constitutional amendment that would require Georgia to adopt a separate education budget.
The state senator from Decatur introduced the measure Thursday, one day after giving the Democrats’ response to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s annual State of the State address.
The governor asked the General Assembly to increase spending on Georgia public schools by $547 million.
Carter argued that wouldn’t be enough to restore a 180-day calendar to all Georgia school districts, end teacher furloughs and give teachers a pay raise.
“Our education system is broken,” he said. “We need a separate education budget – essentially a trust fund for education that will keep the politicians from raiding it to pay for other things.”