Georgia Superintendent Urges ESSA Meeting Attendance

Georgia Superintendent Urges ESSA Meeting Attendance

By SPR Staff –

When Congress last December passed the Every Student Succeeds Act– ESSA– it effectively returned significant power back to the states in the field of education. It replaces the No Child Left Behind law, which had been under increasing criticism in recent years from both the political Right and Left. ESSA now allows states and local schools/districts to make more education decisions and requires states to develop plans that address standards/assessments, school and district accountability, as well as assistance for struggling schools and students. “For all those invested in the future of Georgia’s education system – and those interested in a more holistic approach for students – whether you’re a parent, a student, an educator, or a community member, I strongly encourage you to offer your feedback as we develop our ESSA state plan,” Superintendent Richard Woods says. He is urging anyone interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system to attend one of eight public feedback sessions on ESSA.

“If you can, please attend a meeting – you’ll invest two hours of your time in exchange for many years of education policy. If you’re not able to attend in person, there will be opportunities to offer your feedback online and via email,” Woods says.

A press release from the Department of Education offers specifics:

Meeting Details Each ESSA feedback session will include a welcome from Superintendent Woods and an introduction to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Participants will then choose specific topics to discuss in working groups. The public will also be informed of next steps and additional opportunities to provide feedback. Before attending the meeting, we encourage you to review this one-page overview of ESSA topics. For those unable to attend an in-person meeting, a survey opportunity will soon be announced and posted at Feedback can also be emailed to All meetings will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

* August 24: Columbia County, Columbia County Board of Education, 4781 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA 30809

* August 29: Habersham County, Piedmont College (Student Commons Building), 375 Georgia Street, Demorest, GA 30535

* September 1: Dougherty County, Dougherty Comprehensive High School, 1800 Pearce Ave, Albany, GA 31705

* September 14: Fulton County, North Learning Center, 450 Northridge Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30350

* September 19: Muscogee County, Northside High School, 2002 American Way, Columbus, GA 31909

* October 12: Laurens County, Old West Laurens (OWL) Training Center, 338 West Laurens School Road, Dublin, GA 31021

* October 13: Chatham County, Pulaski Elementary School, 1001 Tibet Avenue, Savannah, GA 31419

October 17: Gordon County, Gordon County College & Career Academy, 305 Beamer Road, Calhoun, GA 30701

Learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the development of Georgia’s state plan at View a one-pageoverview here.