Dave Emanuel Interviews Georgia School Superintendent Candidate Nancy Jester – WeArePolitics

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May

Dave Emanuel Interviews Georgia School Superintendent Candidate Nancy Jester – WeArePolitics

Each of the 15 candidates for Georgia School Superintendent has a unique background and type of experience. Among them, Nancy Jester stands out as the only one who has been in the trenches fighting for transparency and accountability in an effort to redirect funding from bureaucrats to classrooms. Jester was the lone voice, when two year’s ago, she attempted to correct what she saw as financial irresponsibility within the DeKalb County Board of Education. When the irregularities finally gained public attention, they resulted in the governor removing six members from the school board.

As state school superintendent, Jester plans to use her accounting and actuarial background to right what she sees as an educational system that’s being bowled over by a bureaucracy that’s more focused on perpetuating itself than in making improvements in the classroom. She is very candid about what she sees as problems in Georgia’s educational system.

Emanuel: You have absolutely no teaching experience. What makes you think you’re qualified to be Georgia’s school superintendent?

Jester: I have what I believe to be the most appropriate background and experience for the job. We don’t need an educator as superintendent because educators tend to focus on telling others how to educate. The biggest obstacle we have to improving education in Georgia is dealing with a bureaucracy that interferes with teachers’ ability to teach. We have elected many an educator to this position and that’s what got us to where we are today. What we need is a superintendent who can get the bureaucrats out of the classroom.

Emanuel: In what ways is the bureaucracy such a big problem for the educational system?

Jester: Bloated bureaucracy diverts money from the classroom, places unnecessary burdens on teachers and administrators and prevents parents from getting a clear picture of the education that schools are providing. Bureaucracy also tends to promote centralization and I think that’s the wrong approach.

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