About 100 parents, educators, students and legislators gathered for Parent Action Day on Wednesday morning in the South Atrium of the Capitol to emphasize the need for parental involvement in the education of their children. Guest speakers included State Reps. Kathy Ashe, Nan Orrock and Alisha T. Morgan, who encouraged parents to take action.
Of all the issues representatives say is the most important to them, Morgan (pictured above, bottom row, center) told the audience, “For me, it’s education. It’s what gets me up in the morning.” She also reminded them that while making sure education gets the money it needs, “It’s not just about the money; it’s about how we spend that money. When we talk about funding, let’s talk about where that funding is going.”
“I refuse to think of a world without public education,” said Ashe (pictured above, bottom row, right), who stressed the notion that parents should feel empowered. “Be involved with your elected folks, but never think that you can’t be one of those elected folks. Don’t ever think your voice doesn’t matter!” Orrock stressed the value of education as she reminded guests about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address the previous evening, in which he noted that in South Korea, teachers are referred to as nation builders. “He made the point that we need to show that kind of respect for our teachers and educators,” said Orrock, who noted that over the past eight years the state’s education budget had been cut by $4.2 billion.
Atlanta Public Schools was represented among exhibitors with information on the Parents as Partners Academic Center. Other orgranizations providing information included the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Information and Resource Center.