Barge brought CRT directly into Georgia classrooms
Embedding CRT into the teacher evaluation system
Not only was John Barge the architect of an evaluation system that blamed and shamed our teachers with test scores, but his system also opened up the door to CRT in our classrooms.
Under John Barge, DOE fact sheets were developed and delivered to all Georgia teachers and school leaders in our state. One Barge-approved fact sheet specifically promoted CRT teachings in the state's evaluation system:
But Barge's push for CRT didn't stop there.
Mandating 'Equity' in All Purchased Textbooks and Learning Materials
While in office, John Barge required all Georgia school districts to only purchase and adopt new textbooks, instructional resources, and learning materials that aligned to Common Core.
To be on the state-approved purchasing list, Barge also required all instructional materials to support "Equity", a concept he's said is a backdoor to CRT.
Our teachers must be allowed to teach, not forced to push social or political agendas.
Barge continues to blame teachers for practices he not only promoted -- but mandated in all Georgia classrooms -- while he was State School Superintendent.
John Barge also promoted SEL/CASEL in our schools. Click here to learn more.
On issue after issue, John Barge debates himself.
He'll say one thing to get elected and do another once elected...
As the first statewide elected official to come out against CRT, State School Superintendent Richard Woods has been clear: CRT has no place in our schools or classrooms. CRT will not be in Georgia's standards or evaluation systems. Georgia will not apply for grants that promote or advance CRT. Woods will partner with the legislature to ensure we protect our kids, empower our parents, and elevate our educators.