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

  • From: Theresa Beckum <Theresa.Beckum@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:20:40 +0000

I had not heard that either until yesterday.

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No I had not. He sure is busy with changes.

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

Did everyone see this?

Here is the actual bill:  
It hasn't been voted on.

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From: Matt Cardoza <MCardoza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:MCardoza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM
Subject: Superintendent Woods Releases Statement on Age of Eligibility 
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Superintendent Woods Releases Statement on Age of Eligibility Legislation

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 
mcardoza@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:mcardoza@xxxxxxxxx> or Meghan Frick, GaDOE 
Communications Office, (404) 656-5594<tel:%28404%29%20656-5594>, 

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

“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<tel:%28404%29%20651-7358>

“Educating Georgia’s Future”

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