Kemp campaigns on ‘learning loss’ grants, boosting teachers, counselors

Kenneth Palmer

If Kemp wins reelection in November, he said he will propose $25 million in next year’s budget to help schools recruit more counselors. Another $15 million would give thousands of paraprofessionals $3,000 in reimbursable grants to offset the cost of becoming certified teachers.

The Republican also addressed safety, saying he would establish “intruder alert drills” and voluntary anti-gang training.

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The proposals are among a handful of new policy initiatives unveiled by Kemp as he campaigns for a second term against Stacey Abrams. The Democrat has called for $50,000 base pay for teachers, and to boost school spending and repeal college “campus carry” firearms laws.

“Once again, Brian Kemp’s last minute election year half-measures are too little, too late to address the serious and growing issues facing our students and educators under his watch,” said Abrams spokesman Alex Floyd. He added that Kemp’s “campaign season gimmicks won’t fool Georgia parents.”

Kemp, meanwhile, called Abrams’ plan too expensive. “Either one of two things is going to happen,” he said. “If she were governor, she’d fulfill those promises by raising your taxes or she’s not going to fulfill them and she’s not going to raise your taxes.”

Kemp framed his call for a new “learning loss” grant as a response to school districts that played “pandemic politics” by delaying a return to in-person classwork. In 2019, 73% of third-grade students were reading at or above grade level, a number that dropped to 63% this year.

After meeting a 2018 campaign promise to boost teacher pay by $5,000, Kemp’s proposal doesn’t call for another pay hike for public school educators or staffers. He said the state must explore other ways to address a shortage of public school educators.

The paraprofessional grants “will help get more teachers in the classroom,” Kemp said, “and assist Georgians already passionate about our students achieving career success.”

He said he would propose the $25 million to hire more school counselors, because he thinks they are “undeniably a critical asset to the overall health, well-being and long-term success of our future leaders.” He said educators tell him student mental health is among their top concerns.

That element of his proposal drew criticism from an Oconee County mother. Julie Mauck, the Oconee chapter president of Moms for Liberty, was the first person allowed to ask a question at Kemp’s event outside the school.

“One of the things that parents have been screaming over the past couple of years is that our schools don’t belong in the mental health or the health clinic business and we’re just seeing that unfold before our very eyes with you as governor,” Mauck said, “and to me, it’s overreach. To most Republicans, it’s overreach.”

Kemp responded that Georgia school districts have local control and could spend the money as they see fit.

His answer didn’t satisfy Mauck, who ran on the GOP ballot for the Oconee school board this year and lost in the June runoff election. She is concerned that schools will intervene in student decisions about sexuality or vaccination, without parental consent.

Though Mauck views Kemp as out of touch with what parents want on this issue, Kemp has signed several parental rights-type bills into law that were passed by the GOP-led General Assembly, including one that restricts how teachers can talk about race and another that streamlines the process for removing books that some find objectionable.

Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, a candidate for lieutenant governor who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was on hand to introduce Kemp. Jones praised him for raising teacher pay and signing legislation to “empower parents” and to reduce the number of standardized tests.

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Flowers pays himself a salary of roughly $5,000 a month — which the Federal Elections Commission has said is legal — and Greene spent more than $92,000 to purchase a Buick SUV that takes her to campaign stops.","_id":"I7NTOZVFXZBKDK5S66X4WIUYME","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761354,"type":"text","content":"An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of Greene’s and Flowers’ campaign finance reports also shows that both candidates have spent heavily on digital ads and fundraising consultants with the purpose of raising more money, deflecting expenditures from direct contact with voters in the district.","level":1,"_id":"QJPARHTGNBE7RFC7TQE3EYJFRU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761357,"type":"header","content":"The basis of a rivalry","_id":"IR7RHQZGLVHB5OGXQ76WQ6MINY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761358,"type":"text","content":"Greene was already a lightning rod when she entered Congress in January 2021, known for spouting baseless conspiracy theories, some of them tied to the QAnon movement. 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She is cheering him on.”","level":1,"_id":"IX5FTAEP6JEVJGYNY53KPSBUXE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761370,"type":"header","content":"Spending money to make money","_id":"NDU6WI4TGNHOZJVABM2GZUJOYQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761371,"type":"text","content":"Both Greene and Flowers have spent millions of dollars on efforts tied to raising more money, according to a review of their expenditures.","_id":"XYDKIX76GZBF7PPCVJDAVYWYDE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761372,"type":"text","content":"Of the nearly $8 million Greene has spent through June, $5 million is categorized under “solicitation and fundraising expenses.” The second-largest category of spending is $2.4 million for “administrative/salary/overhead expenses.”","_id":"YFMS7UKP45EGZMNOM33FKMHTS4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761373,"type":"text","content":"The vendor who has received the most money from Greene’s campaign is LGM Consulting Group, a digital fundraiser that required at least one previous candidate to pay as its fee 80% of the money the company brought in from new donors. The company, which first became active during the 2018 campaign cycle, currently ranks among the top 100 political vendors nationally.","_id":"7HLH7RRWKRGWDDN6TG5WJWBPH4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1663042424106,"type":"text","content":"LGM’s clients include U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Rick Scott of Florida, as well as Georgia Republican Mike Collins, who is expected to easily win the 10th Congressional District contest in November. But the company has made the most money by far this cycle from Greene’s campaign: $1.1 million.","_id":"GHEX6W3ICJASTHYXPHDAJGXMGE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761375,"type":"text","content":"At least $3.5 million of the $10 million Flowers has spent falls under categories related to fundraising expenses. And nearly all of that has gone to one company, Blue Chip Strategies.","_id":"AMTQHEPZKZCZHOJXWOIUSKN3AA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761376,"type":"text","content":"Bobby Kaple, a former TV news anchor and unsuccessful congressional candidate, and Michael Carcaise, a Colorado-based political consultant, started Blue Chip Strategies in 2019.","_id":"DZN37F35CRDFHET5LTPUE4JGKQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761377,"type":"text","content":"The company has been paid by a handful of other candidates in Georgia, including Democratic attorney general nominee Jen Jordan. Flowers’ campaign has been the most lucrative for Blue Chip, accounting for 91% of all its reported earnings, about $3.4 million.","_id":"RIHGPCFFWZDSXNNTAKMOSMEQ7U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761379,"type":"text","content":"A person familiar with Flowers’ campaign told the AJC that the money paid to the company includes funding for digital ads on Facebook and other platforms. The campaign and Blue Chip declined to share the details of their agreement, such as whether the company earns a percentage of any amount raised as its fee.","_id":"SZ5QHAQXVNHXFD3SYCXI4COXNQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761380,"type":"text","content":"Kristin Oblander, a veteran fundraiser in Democratic circles in Georgia, said money raised by Flowers could be better spent on races where the Democratic nominee has a stronger chance of winning in November.","_id":"SZ5QHAQXVNHXFD3SYCXI4COXNQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761380,"type":"text","content":"Oblander said that Greene tends to drum up emotions from left-leaning voters with her controversial statements.","_id":"DRZJKBKKIZEZRN4TYVC3FT3WE4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662751761381,"type":"text","content":"“It excites the donors to think they are somehow harming her politically,” Oblander said, “but there are better vehicles to do this.”"],"display_date":"2022-09-13T18:48:50.905Z","headlines":"basic":"The more controversial the better for Greene’s fundraising, and her opponent’s","first_publish_date":"2022-09-13T18:48:50.905Z","taxonomy":{"sections":["path":"/politics","parent":"default":"https://www.ajc.com/","_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Politics","description":"Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.","_id":"/politics","additional_properties":"original":"parent":"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","site": What's really going on in politics","navigation":"nav_title":"Politics","inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Politics","Sponsor":"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":"","_id":"/politics","ancestors":"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":[],"order":"AmpNav":1022,"default":1022,"SectionMap":1098,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"ComposerNav":1109,"_website_section_id":"ajc./politics","type":"section","version":"0.6.0","path":"/news/georgia-news","parent":"default":"/news","_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Georgia News","description":"This page does not exist","_id":"/news/georgia-news","additional_properties":"original":"parent":"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","site":"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"This page does not exist","site_title":"Georgia News","navigation":"nav_title":"Georgia News","inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Georgia News","_id":"/news/georgia-news","ancestors":"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"order":"AmpNav":2012,"default":2012,"SectionMap":1157,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2002,"ComposerNav":1097,"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/georgia-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"],"primary_section":"path":"/politics","name":"Politics","tags":["text":"politics.ajc","text":"georgia-news.ajc","text":"teamsusan","text":"tia-rss","text":"natworld.ajc","text":"elections","text":"elections-house","text":"georgia news","text":"ga-government.ajc","text":"government and politics"]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2022-09-14T09:58:11.485Z","promo_items":"basic":"credits":"affiliation":[],"by":["name":"Special","type":"author","byline":"Special"],"subtitle":"marjorie taylor greene and marcus flowers","width":1200,"type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/R3WGFP7FDFDOBA63DP74565I7Y.jpg","height":628,"canonical_url":"https://www.ajc.com/politics/the-more-controversial-the-better-for-greene-fundraising-and-her-opponent/5CKFDDY6P5DQDKLFTKLID4ACN4/","_id":"5CKFDDY6P5DQDKLFTKLID4ACN4"},{"content_elements":["_id":"PST2PQPHQZDTLMUFAI7CBEVBTI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662940766773,"type":"text","content":"U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker paints a bleak picture of the economy: soaring inflation, high taxes and wasteful government spending. 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In 2019, 73% of third-grade students were reading at or above grade level, a number that dropped to 63% this year.","_id":"JBNHX4SOZNFEBCL4CYB4V4SADU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662955982256,"type":"text","content":"After meeting a 2018 campaign promise to boost teacher pay by $5,000, Kemp’s proposal doesn’t call for another pay hike for public school educators or staffers. 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Julie Mauck, the Oconee chapter president of Moms for Liberty, was the first person allowed to ask a question at Kemp’s event outside the school.","_id":"7VXEBX7NZFGMRFRHB3HZHDURX4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1663000848622,"type":"text","content":"“One of the things that parents have been screaming over the past couple of years is that our schools don’t belong in the mental health or the health clinic business and we’re just seeing that unfold before our very eyes with you as governor,” Mauck said, “and to me, it’s overreach. 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All three destinations are run by privately owned Georgia Museums Inc., but the previous two didn’t receive tax benefits when they opened in 2009 and 2003.","_id":"GGEWK2PXIRBCBACJPXK5A4CTBM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662607918393,"type":"text","content":"“It’s building a legacy — this museum is going to be an automotive mecca in the country for that car culture community,” said Tom Shinall, development director for the Savoy Automobile Museum. “I have been blown away by the people that are coming to this museum from outside the state. That bolsters tourism and the economy.”","_id":"JZDSCGW5ZVGB5BG7DSJ65TUAUA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662607918394,"type":"text","content":"Economics professor J.C. 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Recently released security camera footage shows the group being let into the local elections office by Cathy Latham, then the chairwoman of the Coffee County GOP. (Latham was recently named a target of the Fulton investigation because of her role as a fake Republican elector.) 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Locally, it’s been used successfully against street gangs, an assisted suicide network, a former DeKalb County sheriff who assassinated his political rival and, most famously, Atlanta Public School teachers.","_id":"TR6TO4PRAFBXPBKL5QTMHT2UPM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919244,"type":"text","content":"Under Georgia’s RICO law, which legal experts say is broader than the federal statute, prosecutors must prove a pattern of racketeering activity conducted in the interest of an enterprise. 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As long as Willis can prove that at least some occurred on her home turf, she can make a RICO charge as broad as she’d like, he said.","_id":"NJ2HQ2WANNBU5DSBQNZCMLVDFA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662595384059,"type":"text","content":"Sadow, who is representing the rapper Gunna in another RICO case being pursued by the Fulton DA’s office, is among the law’s critics who argue that prosecutors have overused it far beyond its intended scope.","_id":"AROHOWLLXRB5DK42QKP7EE3CPI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662595384060,"type":"text","content":"“I think (Willis) believes that RICO is the all-embracing, universal means by which to put an end to crime, which with all due respect is just nonsense,” said Sadow.","_id":"LY3NCPT5L5D7NI65Y5W4YJZZL4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662595384061,"type":"text","content":"Defense lawyer Emily C. 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It was included in a February 2021 list of a half-dozen state laws she said might have been violated in the aftermath of the 2020 elections.","level":2,"_id":"CGHRS7OFVRFIBNHDLTOGI7XXSE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919248,"type":"header","content":"‘I’m a fan’","_id":"N335VK4O25ASZOXIP2YOAEITRM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662595384065,"type":"text","content":"The veteran prosecutor is well-versed in the statute.","_id":"J2FIPAD4FFFFJFXPMU7SZK7Y7M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919250,"type":"text","content":"Willis became famous in 2015 for successfully using the law to secure 11 convictions and 21 guilty pleas from teachers and administrators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating scandal.","_id":"NKSOLLUTUVDHPL7J7K7MALH4JI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919251,"type":"text","content":"Since being sworn in as DA in January 2021, she’s used RICO multiple times, most recently to pursue the gang Young Slime Life that allegedly includes several well-known rappers, and a separate group named Drug Rich, which is accused of burglarizing the homes of celebrities and athletes.","_id":"AF4P7I2DWFBW7F2ZDOUFLLNBKQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919252,"type":"text","content":"“I’m a fan of RICO,” Willis said at a recent press conference. “And the reason that I am a fan of RICO is I think jurors are very, very intelligent … They want to make an accurate decision about someone’s life. And so RICO is a tool that allows a prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to tell the whole story... so that (jurors) can have all the information they need to make a wise decision.”","_id":"DWU5TM46ONCMVOJZX42BX4OYYY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662595384069,"type":"text","content":"Indeed, RICO allows prosecutors to introduce evidence that, without racketeering charges, would not be admissible in court.","_id":"H33VWTFZ2FD5LOAFQAXS4G3BTY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919253,"type":"text","content":"A spokesman for the Fulton DA’s office declined to comment for this story.","_id":"GGIYQQZGVJBFLA2UQI2W57ZUM4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919254,"type":"text","content":"Recent court filings seeking the testimony of out-of-state witnesses for Willis’ elections investigation have cited “multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”","_id":"S3KXGCYTS5CTLFXHSPNH2RS7X4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662585345762,"type":"text","content":"Some legal experts see that as evidence that prosecutors are serious about potential RICO charges. They also point to the March 2021 hiring of John Floyd as an adviser to the DA’s office. The Atlanta civil litigator is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading authorities on racketeering and conspiracy law.","_id":"YNDPNNZIJJHQ3MBAH5NTBASX6I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919255,"type":"text","content":"Beyond RICO, Willis has indicated she’s also examining a similar state law for the elections investigation: conspiracy to commit election fraud. 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(The GBI has stated that it’s conducting a criminal investigation of computer trespass, a felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years.)","_id":"2TGT4VOM4JCL3DDUNLSDE5FUY4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919261,"type":"text","content":"To prove computer trespass or invasion of privacy, Eisen said prosecutors would need to gather enough additional evidence to establish that access to the voting machines was obtained without proper authority and that copying elections data constitutes a prohibited removal of information as laid out by state law.","_id":"DD6IY24K7NGNJB76DVWJTFAJAY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919262,"type":"text","content":"“I don’t think that we have enough public information yet to make the determination whether this works as part of a larger RICO or conspiracy case, or whether it could be a freestanding, separate count,” said Eisen, an ethics expert who served as general counsel to House Democrats during Trump’s first impeachment trial. “My educated guess is that owing to the apparent role of an Atlanta firm and Atlanta individuals there’s likely sufficient jurisdictional basis.”","_id":"U74HVFWAOZC5LBTJ2XHPPTURCE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662573919263,"type":"text","content":"Ward said that details will matter here, such as which public officials signed off on bringing in the SullivanStrickler employees. 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Logan and Lenberg were there on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, and Lenberg returned for four more days from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. Both are under investigation in connection with alleged breaches of voting equipment in Michigan, and their efforts reached other states as well.","_id":"DKA5VLIP5VHDXGWZJSK5AAPY3M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1662470599189,"type":"text","content":"The ballot review in Maricopa County, Arizona, by Logan’s company, Cyber Ninjas, concluded that Biden won but cited potential problems in the election — allegations that county election officials disputed. 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After all, Walker skipped all opportunities to debate his opponents in the Republican primary and is prone to gaffes.","_id":"KNP5UC2ZLNEX3NDRENX46I5B5Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1661879898179,"type":"text","content":"But in June, Walker appeared eager to face Warnock.","_id":"F4DNJLERSZH2BMUKFSSP26YIQ4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1661879898180,"type":"text","content":"“Name the place and the time and we can get it on,” the Republican said.","_id":"ZOPO3IDNSBGQDPDXCLUFUGTU64","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1661879898181,"type":"text","content":"Warnock named three places.","_id":"FSWUVCKPDFARLDBW6YH7BCYNJA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1661879898182,"type":"text","content":"He committed to debates in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah. 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He still has more than $4.2 million in his federal campaign account left over from his unsuccessful bid for reelection to the Senate in 2020. Federal law limits what Perdue can do with the money, but he’s allowed to transfer it to other political candidates, campaigns or parties, with restrictions for state-level candidates. He could also send the cash to Gov. Brian Kemp’s leadership committee, something GOP insiders say would fulfill his promise to do whatever is necessary to defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams.","_id":"GMJMPZDIRNEQLL4W4UTJVYNAEY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1661978746420,"block_properties":,"type":"text","content":"Campaign debt: Ten years after he ran for president, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign is still in the red. Business Insider recently reported that, according to the former Georgia congressman’s latest filing earlier this summer, Gingrich’s campaign still owes $4.63 million to consultants and vendors. 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