From the AJC:
The surprise hero of the Georgia Republican Convention wasn’t one of the presidential candidates who trekked to Athens. It was state schools superintendent Richard Woods.
Woods, the newest member of the GOP’s statewide hierarchy, was elected in November in a race against Democrat Valarie Wilson. He earned some of the wildest applause from any of the speakers when he railed against the Common Core national standards and previewed an upcoming announcement about new math standards.
“We have no obligation from the state of Georgia that they’ll have to teach funny math,’ he told the 2,000 or so delegates on Friday. “If our teachers choose to use a standard algorithm, they’ll be able to do so. We look forward to making that announcement next week.”
The next day his standing was reinforced by the grassroots in a big way. The delegates approved a pack of resolutions en masse that included one that called for the election of State Board of Education members. They are now appointed by the governor.
Read more: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/05/18/convention-leftovers-the-split-between-the-gop-base-and-the-legislature/
Georgia's State School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio