ATLANTA (AP) — The candidates for state school superintendent focused on how Georgia should handle national education standards during their first meeting of the general election campaign.
The debate held Tuesday in Atlanta often focused on the stricter math and English standards dubbed Common Core. The standards were created by the National Governors Association and adopted by Georgia lawmakers.
The Republican candidate is Irwin County educator Richard Woods. He says local educators and officials should have more flexibility. Woods also wants to delay using test scores in a new teacher evaluation system and pledged an outside audit of the department.
Democrat Valarie Wilson says the stricter standards will help Georgia students compete and are supported by many educators. Wilson also criticized some charter schools run by management companies.
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