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Fifth-grade student Tracey Bridges works a problem on the board at Venetian Hills Elementary School Monday, March 3, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Fifth-grade student Tracey Bridges works a problem on the board at Venetian Hills Elementary School Monday, March 3, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Getting schooled on education in governor's race

With Tuesday's runoff in the rearview mirror, election watchers now turn their attention to November.

One of the most highly contested rates will be that of governor, with incumbent Republican Nathan Deal facing Jason Carter, a Democrat from Atlanta.

PolitiFact Georgia is keeping close tabs on the close race. Already we have checked some claims in the race, especially on the key battleground issue of education.

 

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Since 1999, 440 people have been killed in attacks on church property in the United States.  

Says Jason Carter has "gotten David Axelrod to come down and be his campaign advisor."  

Brookhaven homeowners pay hundreds of dollars less in property taxes compared with owners of the same-value homes in unincorporated DeKalb County.

U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn "earned as much as $300,000 running a nonprofit that had laid off 90 workers."

DeKalb County has been recognized in recent years as having one the best sheriff’s departments in the nation.  

Jeff Mann has an ethics complaint against him alleging he used county workers for campaign work, which is an indictable offense.

Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus."

David Perdue "has never voted in a Republican primary until his name was on the ballot."

"Perdue mismanaged Pillowtex, and nearly 8,000 people got laid off."

U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston "spent our tax dollars on thousands of wasteful earmarks."

U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston voted for the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

Another great endorsement! Barrow Journal explains the difference between me and Jody Hice.

Says Congressman Jack Kingston voted to "raise his pay seven times."  

David Perdue said he’d raise taxes.

President Obama has left the U.S. with the lowest number of active-duty troops since before World War II, putting the nation at risk.

"Gov. Deal has the worst record on education in the history of this state."

U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston "requested more earmarks than any other GA Congressman and all GA GOP members combined."

U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue’s company took $3 million from the federal stimulus program that President Barack Obama created.

U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn has avoided taking a stand on Obamacare.

The wages of about 60,562 state and local government employees would be affected if the minimum wage is increased to $10.10 in Georgia, for a combined cost to taxpayers of more than $164 million annually.  

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