Woods: Bring back the tax-free holiday for school supplies, clothes, and equipment; help GA families & educators
Superintendent Woods will work with legislators next session to bring back the tax-free holiday on school supplies, clothes, and equipment -- providing relief to Georgia families and educators.
One of my opponents calls himself an ‘educator’ but has never spent a day teaching K-12 students. He lacks the firsthand experience of working in a crowded classroom, seeing what high-stakes testing does to our students, or teaching in a Title I school -- Richard Woods has that experience.
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On funding -- a 21st formula that supports a 21st century education
On accountability -- a model that does not put a cap on the success of our schools
On results -- on multiple measures, Georgia's education is moving in the right direction
Richard's opponents talk about high-stakes testing, but Superintendent Woods is the only candidate for State Superintendent with a clear record of reducing high-stakes testing and a clear vision for moving our state forward.
Superintendent Woods worked with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to establish the Rural Education Fund.
A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 each are available, and any public school or school district located in a Georgia county with a population of 35,000 or less is eligible to apply. All applicants must propose a project that would solve a current challenge within the school or district and would lead to positive student outcomes.
Grant application: https://gfpe.org/home-page/apply-for-a-grant/
More info: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=630
The Georgia Department of Education will provide $500,000 to help 17 school districts implement middle-school computer coding programs, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.
The funds based on Superintendent Woods’ recommendation, will specifically target middle schools in rural, underserved, or high-poverty school clusters. Each grant includes funding for equipment, training, curriculum, and teacher professional development.
“Georgia students need to graduate ready for 21st-century careers – we can’t be complacent and rely on the way we’ve always done things, and we can’t wait until high school to start preparing our kids,” Superintendent Woods said. “Coding and computer science is a piece of that puzzle. This funding and these new courses for middle-school computer coding are part of the broader work we’re doing at the Department to expand opportunities for students in Georgia’s public schools.”
One of just thirteen Georgia employers recognized for supporting employees who are in the Guard and Reserve
State School Superintendent Richard Woods was one of just thirteen Georgia employers to receive the Patriotic Employer Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.
He was nominated by Commander Justin Hill, who works at the Georgia Department of Education as State Coordinator for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.
“Superintendent Woods has taken the time to both privately and publicly thank me for my service to this country,” Hill said. “He has written personal notes of thanks and even attended my most recent promotion ceremony to the rank of Commander (O5) in October 2017. At this ceremony, Mr. Woods stated his support to me, my family and to those in attendance. His support has caused a positive ripple effect throughout the entire agency. My family has never felt so supported and appreciated. It is a pleasure and honor to support a supervisor that holds my service and sacrifice in such high regard.”
“I grew up in a military family and, knowing some of the difficulties our service members face, I’ve tried to make the Department of Education a friendly, supportive place for them to work. I’m humbled and honored to receive this award – and to be nominated by an employee who’s both a stellar member of our team and someone who has served his country with distinction.” -- Superintendent Woods
Georgia is receiving $1.3 million to help U.S. military veterans begin careers in teaching.
The Georgia Department of Education received a $1,324,170 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to administer the Troops to Teachers grant program in partnership with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
The program assists transitioning service members with meeting the requirements necessary to become teachers, and helps program participants find employment as a teacher when eligible.
“Our military veterans have already demonstrated extraordinary courage, skill, and leadership,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “They are well-suited to the education profession, and I’m so pleased that this partnership will assist our veterans who want to continue their service in the classroom.”
Veterans share common skills and traits that allow them to serve effectively as classroom teachers, including leadership, adaptability, communication skills, initiative, discipline, and integrity. And school administrators have found that veterans interact effectively with parents, community members, and other teachers and staff, according to Troops to Teachers.
“Our military veterans have given so much to our country,” said Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. “We are delighted to be able to provide some opportunities for them. And, the partnership between GaPSC, DOD and GaDOE will be a great platform to deliver these opportunities.”
Georgia's School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 24 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio