State school superintendent candidates debate

by Celia Shortt

The new Georgia Milestones Assessment, Common Core, and charter schools were topics at Tuesday’s debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for Georgia’s new state schools superintendent.

The debate was part of the Critical Issues Forum hosted by Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. It was moderated by Dr. Dana Rickman, policy and research director for the Georgia Partnership.

The panel asking the candidates questions consisted of three people: Jemelleh Coes, 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year; Clare Lombardo, Georgia public school graduate and student at the University of Pennsylvania; and Kevin Greiner, president and CEO of Gas South.

Both state school superintendent candidates Valaria Wilson, Democratic candidate, and Richard Woods, Republican candidate, each had two minutes to respond.

One of the first questions dealt with Common Core. Coes said a recent poll shows more than 70 percent of Georgia teachers support the Common Core standards. She asked Wilson and Woods, in moving forward, what each of them would do to continue this support?

“I would continue to move forward with Common Core Standards,” said Wilson. It is “critical to prepare our kids to be successful.”



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