Change you can believe in this time.

President Obama wants to overhaul the “Every Child Left Behind” program started under George Bush.

Championed by President George W. Bush and signed into law in 2002, No Child Left Behind is overdue for a rewrite and Obama hopes Congress will pass a new law this year.

Critics argue the law’s annual reading and math tests have forced other subjects like music and art from the classroom and that schools were promised billions of dollars that never showed up.

Speaking of billions, the new Obama budget would give Georgia another $4.1 billion, mostly for education. As we know, Perdue has been gutting teachers and education for years under the guise of austerity. Austerity it isn’t. It’s a plan to make education fail and create cheap labor.

And while we’re hammering on education, Perdue may be breaking the lottery laws. Lottery funds have legal limits. Legally, the Governor can’t just spend the money for helicopters  and boat ramps. But he is pretty much doing that by taking lottery funds and spending $33 million on state scholarships and grants. These scholarships and grants are not to be confused with the Hope Scholarship, open to every qualified student.

By shifting lottery funds to the individually awarded state program, Perdue and the GOP are using Pre-K funds  to balance the annual state budget.

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