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04 September 2008

Rob Teihlet Takes On Kathy Cox As She Prepares To Take On Some 5th Graders

This Friday, fans of the Fox network television show "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" will have the opportunity to see if Georgia superintendent of schools Kathy Cox is indeed smarter than a 5th grader. However, the recent news that the state's SAT scores have fallen and a high number of Georgia students received poor marks on the CRCT exam have at least one elected official questioning why the state's schools chief is appearing on Hollywood game shows.

In a 30-second ad scheduled to air during the broadcast of "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader," state Rep. Rob Teilhet (D - Smyrna) looks directly into the camera and says to viewers, "...even a fifth grader would have to wonder what she’s doing on a game show in Hollywood, while students are struggling here in Georgia."

"Superintendent Cox’s appearance on a Hollywood game show during this critical time for Georgia’s schools is ill-conceived, at best. At least she has provided us with an opportunity to discuss the steps we should be taking to improve student achievement," Rep. Teilhet said in a release announcing the ad.

"Parents, students and teachers in Georgia deserve smaller class sizes and better access to quality pre-kindergarten. The quality of Georgia students’ lives will be largely determined by the quality of their education. Instead of playing games in Hollywood, we should all feel a sense of urgency to get this conversation started in earnest."

In the ad, Teilhet, calls for reduced class sizes and expansion of pre-k programs.