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Governor Nathan Deal addressed Georgia Division of Family and Children Services employees via a web stream today, one day after he announced a massive shake-up that installed a new management team and moved all key strategy decisions from Department of Human Services administration offices directly to the Governor’s Office.  The video was uploaded to YouTube.  First Lady Sandra Deal joined Governor Deal in joint remarks.  Mrs. Deal is a powerful advocate for children across a broad spectrum of issues that include their welfare and education. Additional Resources: Article by Foundation Editor Mike Klein: DFCS Leader:  “If You’re Part of the Problem, Your Days are Done” View Article
By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal’s new hand-picked executive-in-charge of child protective services says, “If you’re part of the bureaucracy and you’re part of the problem, your days are done.” Thursday afternoon the Governor’s Office said Bobby Cagle will become interim director at the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), effective Monday. Cagle moves from the Department of Early Care and Learning where he has been commissioner since his appointment by Deal in 2010. Cagle told the Georgia Public Policy Foundation his assignment will be to evaluate everything and make any recommendation. “I intend to go in with a very critical lens, look at all that we have going on, the people that are in place and my charge… View Article
By Mike Klein Look at the little boy whose picture is on TIME magazine.  Sixteen years ago five-year-old Terrell Peterson was murdered by his grandmother and aunt.  Rather than love and care for the boy they killed him. Now look at the photo of the happy little girl. Last fall ten-year-old Emani Moss’s emaciated and burned body was found in a Gwinnett County dumpster after she was allegedly murdered by her father and stepmother.  Rather than love and care for Emani prosecutors say they killed her. Terrell and Emani experienced unspeakable horror before death. Their cases share another common factor. In both cases state child protective services officials had been warned, failed to take action and even started a cover-up… View Article
By Mike Klein Many Georgia kids will spend more time in public school classrooms next year which shows what a difference $500 million can make when you spread it around.   Governor Nathan Deal was clearly pleased about the prospect of fewer furlough days and more school days when he spoke to a sizable Minority Business RoundTable meeting Thursday afternoon in Cobb County. Deal said “almost all” public school systems “have gone back and revisited school calendars that they already set for next year and in doing so most of them are able to remove the furlough days.  They’re able to go back to 180 days of education and in some of the systems they have enough money left over that… View Article
By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal on Thursday signed an adult criminal justice reform bill that revises minimum mandatory sentencing laws, expands the state’s right to evidence appeals and creates a new Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission that will remain on-the-watch until 2023.  In sum, the state will continue to consider criminal justice best practices for another ten years. The House Bill 349 signing ceremony was held in Marietta where Deal said, “When I first became Governor I was concerned about something that I was told Republicans shouldn’t really be concerned about and that was the fact that we were the tenth largest state in population but that we had the fourth largest prison population. “We had had a ‘tough… View Article

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