|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 047 John C. Foster|
|Creator||Foster, John Charles, 1934-|
|Dates||2008 August 25|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||John Charles Foster was elected to the Georgia Senate as a Democrat in 1974. He served as chairman of the Education Committee during his entire tenure in the senate. Under Governor Joe Frank Harris, Foster sponsored the Quality Basic Education Act for the equal funding of both urban and rural schools. Foster comments on his experience as a state Senator, extensively discussing education policy and politics from the local to the national level (including No Child Left Behind, testing as an evaluative tool, vouchers, and pre-k programs). Foster discusses his interactions with other legislators, Democratic party politics, and politicians' relationships with minorities and labor unions.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 047, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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John Charles Foster was born in Cornelia, Georgia, on April 2, 1934. After returning from service in the Army in the mid 1950s, Foster purchased the WSMT radio station in Sandersville and WCON in Cornelia. He was elected to the Georgia Senate as a Democrat in 1974. He served as chairman of the Education Committee during his entire stay in the senate. Foster sponsored the first mandate for testing from the National Association of Educational Progress. Under Governor Joe Frank Harris, Foster sponsored the Quality Basic Education Act for the equal funding of both urban and rural schools. Foster left office in 1992.
Foster discusses his early life in Cornelia, Georgia. He explains how he first became interested in politics and his early civic involvement. Foster explains how he got his start in radio station business and his experiences in the army.
Foster discusses his failed campaigns for the state House and his successful campaign for state Senate. He mentions personal experiences with Culver Kidd, Howard Overby, Zell Miller, Al Burris, Tom Murphy, Paul Broun, and Paul Coverdell. He comments on his experience as a state Senator, including the relationship between politicians and minorities, the role of labor unions, and his work in developing the Quality Basic Education program. He extensively discusses education policy and politics from the local to the national level, including No Child Left Behind, testing as an evaluative tool, vouchers, and pre-k programs.
Foster also discusses his business ventures into recycling, broom production, and the pest-control insulation industry.