By Deanna L Michael

Analyzes academic reform within the moment 1/2 the 20th century throughout the political profession of Jimmy Carter and his effect on academic coverage.

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The city district was overloaded with 370 students more than it could accommodate, and it needed thirteen more classrooms to adequately house them. Sumter County suffered from the opposite problem. Only 411 students attended the two high schools for white students. The small student body divided into two schools prevented the board from providing many electives or curriculum alternatives for students. Because state funding was based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA), the more students were dispersed around the county, the fewer teachers the county district could afford to hire.

Within a month of the decision to participate in the recreational center building project, Carter decided to enter the race for the state senate. Because the structure of the state senate had changed and the Democratic candidate for governor, Carl Sanders, had pledged to support education and other social welfare services in the state, Carter believed that he could accomplish more on the state level than he could as the chair of the Sumter County Board of Education. In December 1962, Jimmy Carter resigned from the Sumter County Board of Education to take his seat in the Georgia state senate.

The House districts were still based on geographic representation and, as lampooned by Charles Pou at the Atlanta Journal, members from rural areas generally represented as many livestock as they did people. 23 Maintaining the traditional ratio of representatives to senators diminished the potential power of the upper house. 24 This experience had a significant effect on the young senator, serving to solidify his beliefs about education and the improvements required to facilitate economic growth in Georgia.

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