Voici Un Probleme

Barge criticized over financing for staff’s trip to France.

Sept. 16, 2013, 7:31 a.m.

State Schools Su­per­in­tend­ent John Barge (R) is draw­ing scru­tiny after his chief of staff Joel Thornton and two oth­er state De­part­ment of Edu­ca­tion of­fi­cials took a trip to France, pay­ing for it by tak­ing money from a fund for in­ter­na­tion­al ex­change stu­dents and teach­ers. Thronton left Barge’s of­fice on Monday to run his GOV cam­paign. Thornton “said the trip served as an op­por­tun­ity to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with busi­ness of­fi­cials in France and study how the French teach culin­ary arts.” Barge, on the trip: “It helped bring more stu­dents and teach­ers, and ul­ti­mately ad­min­is­trat­ors, from France for an ex­change pro­gram and al­lowed some of our own stu­dents and teach­ers to vis­it France.”

The story is “likely to be fod­der” for Barge’s op­pon­ents. (At­lanta Journ­al-Con­sti­tu­tion)

COM­MON CORE IS KEY IS­SUE. Gov. Nath­an Deal (R) “dis­tanced him­self from con­tro­ver­sial Com­mon Core edu­ca­tion­al guidelines last month,” and now Barge is ex­press­ing “fresh doubts” as well. Both were crit­ic­al of Com­mon Core in their 2010 cam­paigns, but sup­por­ted it after they were elec­ted. Barge, in a state­ment on Thursday, said that “he wishes Geor­gia would have fol­lowed Vir­gin­ia’s lead and stuck with its cur­rent per­form­ance stand­ards rather than ad­opt­ing Com­mon Core’s guidelines.” (At­lanta Journ­al-Con­sti­tu­tion)
Sarah Mimms