Otis Putnam for School Board
Teacher shortage: House bill
Georgia needs 10,000 teachers, but over 3,000 are currently training.
General Assembly needs to find a better way to entice people to
the teaching field. We need better pay, better incentives, a
supply fund so teachers will not have to pay for supplies out of their
Natural Gas Deregulation:
issue is currently being debated in the
General Assembly. The Natural Gas industry wants to raise the amount
deposit for Natural Gas user, because of gas customers being
negligent of their gas bill. I do not support the price hike in the
industry. Fuel prices are high enough, there are other options!
phone ban while driving
Senate Bill 336. This bill is design to
motorist using a cell phone while they are driving. Hands free cell
phones are not included in this bill. I support this bill, because no
motorist needs any more distractions.
Senate Bill 296. This bill gives School Bus Drivers
authority to turn in motorist that run the bus' stop sign. Prior to
bill the bus driver had no true authority, except to tell an officer
Moment of silence Bill
Senate bill 402: This bill will allow people
a moment of silence in the schools. I support this bill!
holiday for school supplies and school
related items. The tax free days will be on March 29-30 and on August
this tax free holiday will exempt clothing up to $100, School
supplies up to $20, and computer equipment up to $1,500. This is
boot Georgia's economy! this will be a savings to customers in the
amount of $11 million. We shall see, if it does boost Georgia's
Foreign Language programs have been
from the budget. This cuts out foreign language programs in the
schools. This cuts $2 million from the budget!
of Georgia's Schools are just above Failure cutoff list:
Georgia's schools are on the failure list. The CRCT, a standardized
scores will determine teacher bonus' and if schools need extra
or not. The Office of Education Accountability was created from HB
in 2003 will contribute $23 million to those school performing low
these standardized test! Money is not always the answer to every
educational problem! State records show that 61% of 4th graders failed
English, 67% failed the math section, and 60% failed the reading
section. The current standard for determining a failure school is 70%.
need to keep marriages strong and give self sufficient
families the ability to survive. We must build strong family values in
Georgia. Senate Bill 569 is a good start, but more needs to be done.
Senate Bill 569 is public policy that helps to strengthen marriages
help to self sufficient families help. The fact of the matter is
no matter how many laws we are passed to help family values, the
choice is up to each and every individual in Georgia. Let's give our
children the best future possible!!
need to solve this water issue in Southeast Georgia.
People have said that they do not really know the extent of problem of
water situation. They must study this issue and find a solution to
the water system problems. We should have more foresight and
maintain our water systems, or we will always be in this situation.
to Bear Arms:
feel that every responsible citizens should the
to bear arms. Citizens, if they own arms should take the proper
precautions to keep those arms out of the reach of children and people
are violent. Hunting and turkey shoots are great sports, and I
them . We have many gun laws on the books, but they appear to be
impotent. We do not need to worry about making any more frivolous
we should revise the existing laws and make these have more common
sense. We should not take the right to bears arms from responsible
citizens of Georgia!
Georgia has many good labor laws, but there are a few:that need to be
revised. Georgia is the right to work
state.I have no problem with the right to work. A worker in the State
of Georgia can be
terminated for no reason. I feel this is not fair. I understand, if an
employee is not performing up to standards, but as we all know that
personalities have a great deal to do with the way you are treated in
place. Many workers in Georgia may have a personality trait that is
desired, but this person is not harmful or disruptive. I do not want
take the right from companies to terminate workers for acceptable
reason, but I think some labor laws should be revised to protect the
innocent worker that gets terminated due to personality conflicts.
have many Transportation issues that need to
visited. The Northern Arc need to be completed. I am for any
improvement to ease traffic congestion and traffic accidents. There
many obstacles for the Northern Arc, i.e. buying the land for this
etc. We must find other land or ways to complete the Northern Arc,
will allow Georgia a safer travel to their destination. I support
completion of GRIPP. GRIPP is the highway project that four lanes
highways throughout Georgia. We need those four lane highways. These
highways will take travel less difficult, and could attract business
area. I support funding for a rural transit system. This transit
system can cut traffic and make a great amount of revenue for the
Georgia. Lets move forward on all of these issues.