Cuts to Education are Never the Answer

Sean Sprague (left) and Daniel Priester introduce their daughter to State Superintendent Candidate Valarie Wilson and Senator Nan Orrock at this week’s meet and greet in Ormewood. Credit: Lauren Shay Levin

As a Georgia State Senator and Leadership Chair of Progressive States Action’s Public Education Working Group, Nan fights education budget cuts year after year. Since 2002, education spending has been cut by $8 billion in Georgia, crippling our schools. Schools have been forced to shorten the school year  and increase class sizes, while furloughing and laying off teachers at the same time.

She believes real prosperity starts with making real investments in our students.

Underfunded and understaffed schools can’t give children the support they need to succeed. Children cannot receive the guidance they deserve when our school hours are shortened and parents work 12-hour days. These conditions must be fixed and the trend reversed if we want to make a true positive impact on Georgia.

Nan will continue to work with teachers, families and education advocates to ensure that top-notch educational opportunities and a clear path to economic prosperity are available for all students.

The Polls Are Open!

Early voting runs through May 16. Skip the lines and make your voice heard. This week people can vote from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 19 Fulton County locations:

Johns Creek Environmental Campus, College Park Historical Building, Northside Shepherd Neighborhood Center, North Fulton Service Center, South Fulton Service Center, Adamsville Recreation Center, Fulton County Government Center, Ocee Library, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, Roswell Library, Milton Center, Sandy Springs Library, Northside Library, Washington Park Library, Welcome All Park, East Point Library, Fairburn Library, Southwest Arts Center and Dogwood Library.

Sample ballots are available here.

Waiting until May 20? Click here to find your polling location.

Join Nan in the Last Eleven Days of the Campaign!

May 10 – It’s festival season, and Senator Orrock will stop by the Sweet Auburn Springfest between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., Historic Auburn Avenue District, Downtown Atlanta.

May 10 – Congressman John Lewis heads up a committee of hosts holding a reception from 4-6 p.m. in support of Senator Orrock at the home of Mtamanika Youngblood. A minimum donation of $50 is requested to attend. Click here to donate.

May 11 – Happy Mother’s Day! Senator Orrock will be celebrating at the YMCA Mother’s Day Luncheon from 2:30-4 p.m. at The Villages at Carver YMCA, 1600 Pryor Road, Atlanta.

Saturday’s Food Drive is as Simple as Checking Your Mail!

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in Georgia and throughout the nation will conduct its 22nd annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 10. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Best of all, the food collected will go directly to food pantries right here in Georgia, helping our friends and neighbors in need. And the donations couldn’t come at a better time. By springtime, most local food banks are depleted following the harsh winter months and school assistance programs are not available for children. People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to, or

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