Betty Peters Endorses Becky Gerritson as True Education Reformer
Fresh off the heels of her opponent’s vote to reauthorize the latest federal education bill called ESSA, Becky Gerritson received an endorsement from one of the state’s top education officials. Betty Peters, who represents the southeastern part of the Alabama State School Board, announced her strong support for Gerritson because of her conservative worldview and in particular for her consistent stance to stop Common Core and take control of education from the federal government and return it to the states and local school systems.
“Since 2010, Becky and I have worked hand in hand to protect Alabama’s students from Common Core, and I could not be more thrilled that she is taking this fight to Congress,” said Peters. “I have the utmost confidence in Becky and her commitment to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and that is what this district, our teachers, our parents, and our students need and deserve.”
Peters, first elected in 2002, has proven to be a strong, conservative voice for knowledge-based, traditional education in classrooms that are teacher-led, student-focused, and parent-friendly. Both Peters and Gerritson have been vocal about the vulgar content of many of the novels which are required reading in high school classes. They have both expressed concern about the rapidly increasing volume of student data collection that has occurred while the federal privacy law has been gutted by this President and his administration.
“Becky has been on the front lines to protect our students from the Common Core State Standards Initiative,” said Peters. “For the concerned citizens of Congressional District 2, Becky is the only candidate who will consistently fight for families by eradicating all “outcome-based” vestiges of the prior federal education programs of Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind, and the Common Core.”
The strong endorsement is yet another boost for the Gerritson campaign that has been building support around the district. “I am honored by Betty’s support, and I am proud to call her a friend,” said Gerritson. “In Congress, I will be relentless in my efforts to eliminate the federal Department of Education, to empower teachers, parents, and school boards, and to keep the federal government out of our classroom.”
Gerritson, a conservative activist and military wife, has been a leader in the Anti-Common Core Taskforce in Alabama for the last several years and looks forward to taking the fight to Washington, DC.