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Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition www.gae.org | 15 Announces Support for Common Core Broad Coalition of Leaders Come Together to Endorse Higher Standards On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 a coalition of Georgia business, education and community leaders came together to announce its support for the continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Georgia’s public schools.     The Common Core standards, which cover reading, writing and math for K through 12 students, were developed by a coalition of 47 states led by Georgia. They raise the level of required academic standards, emphasizing key skills including critical thinking and problem solving.  Georgia began implementing the standards in 2010 within schools across the state.  In recent months, the Common Core standards have been the subject of significant debate both in Georgia and throughout the nation – often as a result of misinformation. The coalition works to clarify Georgia’s continued effort to have control at the local level over what curriculum they use to meet the standards and that teachers and administrators are embracing their implementation.   “As an educator, my number one goal is to provide my students with the tools they need to be successful in life,” added former Georgia Teacher of the Year Emily Jennette. “That is why I, and the majority of my peers, agree that higher standards are an important addition to Georgia’s approach to public education.”  Coalition members speaking at the press conference at the State Capitol highlighted a number of challenges the standards would help address by improving K through 12 education, including readiness for college and technical college and military preparedness.   Calvine Rollins, president of the Georgia Association of Educators, applauded the efforts of the coalition. “Educators believe in these standards and have begun to fully embrace their implementation. Already we see children who are learning at a higher level of engagement. GAE believes support of Common Core will bring excellence in education to Georgia’s children. We must stay the course and support our educators with the time to fully implement these standards.” The Better Standards for a Better Georgia coalition represents thousands of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school boards, employers and military and community leaders who support the Common Core State Standards in Georgia.  The coalition is working to educate and inform both policymakers and the public about the importance of this issue for Georgia’s students, citizens and economic competitiveness. The Better Standards for a Better Georgia coalition includes the following organizations: • 100 Black Men of Atlanta • Georgia Association of Educational Leaders • Georgia Association of Educators • Georgia Bio • Georgia Chamber of Commerce • Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education • Georgia School Boards Association • Georgia School Superintendents Association • PolicyBEST • Technical College System of Georgia • University System of Georgia For more information, visit www.betterstandards4georgia.com


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