Georgia school funding at issue as Barge takes on Deal

photo Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge walks with Melody Day, Chickamauga City Schools Superintendent, on a recent visit to Gordon Lee High School. Barge is making a run for governor of the state. He will be running against Republican Nathan Deal in the GOP primary.

They're calling it political suicide.

Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge is giving up the state's top education post to take on incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. And Barge, a career educator, is going to push the issue of education -- particularly school spending -- at every turn. He's making the case that current state leaders are intentionally trying to sabotage public education by whacking away at its $8 billion annual budget.