Received the following message in my inbox this week. I will continue to push for common sense reforms and will keep teachers and students at the focus of my efforts.
Dear Mr. Woods,
I heard you and your opponent speak last week at a conference last week. I wanted to let you know that you have my vote in this year's election, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat and you are probably the only Republican I am voting for this year.
As a teacher, I have been happy with the direction in which the Department has been moving under your leadership, and I appreciate the fact that you actually have a background in education (I honestly believe that should be a requirement for the position).
"I wanted to let you know that you have my vote in this year's election, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat."
-- Tom, Georgia educator
Drawn by record and results, prominent Democrat to vote for Republican Richard Woods in the upcoming State School Superintendent's race
by Philip Jay from South Georgia (self-proclaimed Yellow Dog Georgia Democrat)
Dedicating an additional $1.6 million to education in rural Georgia to increase access to the arts, expand STEM/STEAM opportunities, foster entrepreneurship, strengthen the post-secondary pipeline, and support school leaders.
The Georgia Department of Education is launching the Partnership for Rural Growth, an initiative to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.
“More and more Georgians are recognizing the importance of a ‘rural renaissance’ to the future of our state – and K-12 education must be a driver of that,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As a longtime resident of rural Georgia, and a former South Georgia principal and teacher, I want to make sure every single student – in every part of our state – has access to opportunities that will prepare them for a successful future. Through the Partnership for Rural Growth, we’re working to eliminate the resource gaps our rural schools and districts often face, and to make sure K-12 education is spurring renewal in rural Georgia.”
Major components of the Partnership for Rural Growth include:
Newly released ACT scores show Georgia holding its lead over the nation for the 3rd consecutive year
Our students – and schools – are more than a score
Imagine if the success of your child – or your grandchild, niece or nephew, or next-door neighbor – was summed up entirely by their performance on a single end-of-year test.
Unfortunately, there are some who want Georgia’s accountability system for schools, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), to function that way, relying overwhelmingly on students’ scores on a standardized test, instead of multiple indicators that capture the opportunities schools are providing for kids.
Many people reading this may not realize the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), which I lead, is not the sole decision-maker regarding the CCRPI. There is excessive authority over the process delegated to entities outside the GaDOE (which is the only Georgia education agency overseen by a leader elected by, and directly accountable to, the citizens of our state).
This has led to a CCRPI that, while significantly improved, still does not line up with the feedback we’ve consistently gotten from parents, business leaders, and schools themselves – or with my 25 years of experience in education.
It’s time that I make it very clear what my position is regarding the CCRPI.
"...the decisions I make are through the eyes of a teacher." -- Richard Woods for State School Superintendent
Richard has over 25 years of K-12 teacher and leader experience. His opponent has zero K-12 experience.
Georgia's School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio