Contact: Noah Cosimano, Deputy Caucus Comms. Director
Jan 28, 2021 For Immediate Release ATLANTA— Georgia House Minority Leader Rep. James Beverly (D—Macon) has released the following statement in response to Gov. Kemp’s comments on Atlanta superintendents’ request for teacher vaccine prioritization: “Gov. Kemp seems quick to dismiss the needs of our teachers, yet throughout the pandemic, Gov. Kemp’s plan to reopen schools and keep our teachers healthy has failed to provide our local, neighborhood schools with the resources they needed to bring students back into the classroom safely,” said Leader Beverly. “Moreover, the Governor’s failed reopening strategy has often led to explosive outbreaks— forcing local officials to end in-person instruction and retreat to online learning. This pandemic has set our children back, and our schools need resources now more than ever. Beyond taking our teachers’ needs seriously, Georgia House Democrats are calling on the Governor to fully fund our public schools so many Georgia families rely on. For far too long, our budget has prioritized out-of-state special interest and corporate lobbyists over our children who lack the resources they need to have a brighter future.” As a part of their “A Healthy Georgia” agenda rollout today, Georgia House Democrats will propose urgently needed relief to Georgia’s underfunded schools. This relief will provide the funding and resources our public schools need to prepare every child in Georgia for a brighter future.