[gsis_admins] Fwd: Superintendent Woods Releases Statement on Age of Eligibility Legislation

  • From: Denise Epperson <denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Noralee Deason (Effingham)" <ndeason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Dawn Everett <dneverett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "charlene_mcgrath@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <charlene_mcgrath@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Fay Freeman <freemanf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "kathy.mull@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <kathy.mull@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Nicole Coots <cootsn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "tpalmer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tpalmer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:14:12 -0500

Did everyone see this?

Here is the actual bill:

It hasn't been voted on.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matt Cardoza <MCardoza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM
Subject: Superintendent Woods Releases Statement on Age of Eligibility
To: denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx

 If you have trouble viewing this press release, please click on the
following link:

*Superintendent Woods Releases Statement on Age of Eligibility Legislation*

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,
mcardoza@xxxxxxxxx or Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, (404)
656-5594, mfrick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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*January 28, 2015 – *State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ statement
regarding House Bill 100

“I wholeheartedly support House Bill 100,” said Superintendent Woods.
“Since most schools now start before September 1, we have many students
starting kindergarten far too young. Some younger students, especially
four-year-olds, are not developmentally ready for kindergarten. Oftentimes
their presence in a classroom requires teachers to provide pre-kindergarten
services to the disadvantage of the older students who are ready to learn
at the kindergarten level and achieve the high academic standards we have
in Georgia.”

State Board of Education Chair Helen Rice added, “I believe moving the age
of eligibility for kindergarten back will have a positive impact on student
achievement. The lack of kindergarten readiness of late four-year-olds and
early five-year-olds is exacerbated by the fact that many of these children
have had no prior school experience. The more time they have to mature
before starting kindergarten the better.”

Superintendent Woods first proposed this issue during his campaign. He
reiterated his commitment to the idea of advancing the cutoff date for
kindergarten registration when he spoke to the Georgia School Boards
Association in early December.

Matt Cardoza
Director of Communications

Georgia Department of Education

2062 Twin Towers East

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, GA  30334

(404) 651-7358



*“Educating Georgia’s Future”*

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