The letter below appeared in today's Macon Telegraph and reflects not only the objection of a Georgia teacher to the GAE endorsement of Taylor, but also provides some important about their endorsement process. She makes it clear that Georgia teachers who are members of GAE were not surveyed and did not "vote" on this endorsement. The letter can be found here. Here's the full text:
Object to GAE endorsement
I am writing to express my discontent and downright anger with the Georgia Association of Educators for last week's announcement by representatives who declared their support for Mark Taylor in the Democratic bid for governor.
As a current member of GAE, Neither I nor any other members were ever surveyed about our opinions on the governor's race. Those in GAE who support Taylor are elected representatives and lobbyists who have done little or nothing to even present the candidates or a forum to discuss relevant issues to the teachers of this state.
Increasingly, GAE has become, I'm afraid, just another lobby group representing the political interests of a select few (most of whom no longer teach or work in school systems). As a classroom teacher with 22 years experience, I am supporting Cathy Cox and urge other educators to do the same. Unlike the other candidates who react and respond to the needs of "a select few" - elected boards, lobbyists, and the like - Cathy Cox has a real interest in the needs of everyday Georgians.
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