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“The way to turn that (education) around is to de-centralize more and more of the control back to local communities,”he said last week at a Pickens GOP event. The process, he says, will produce more winners than losers. The mayor also rejects big government educational initiatives such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core, which some say was initially a states’ initiative but was abducted by the federal government and fused with Race-to-the-Top, which invariably is tied to federal funding. The varying interpretations of the standards continue to make it one of the more controversial issues of the day.
“We would have far better legislation than what we have currently,”he says.
“He’s popular and I think that he will have the money to do what he needs to do,”she says. But, she also says the mayor comes from the insurance industry, which may allow him to raise some money. Zoller says Pennington’s strategy of talking to small groups of people is a good method, but may not be enough to get the needed votes. “Governor Deal is not vulnerable,” she says, (yet) nobody is unbeatable.”