GA Senate passes SB 167
On Tuesday, Feb 25, 2013 the Georgia Senate passed SB 167 which, among other things, has the effect of (a) rejecting Georgia's continuation with the implementation of the CCGPS, (b) plunging our state educational agency into another de-stabilizing round of standards review and adoption and (c) prohibiting effective cooperation about educational standards and assessments at the interstate, regional, and national levels. The full text can be found here.
What can you do? The Senate has approved the bill which now moves to the House. Please (a) download a copy of the bill from the previously referenced site, (b) review it, (c) contact your representative (too late to contact your senator) and express your views. This bill could come to a House vote as early as Tuesday, March 4. There is no time to waste. Act today. An index of representatives can be found here.
GCTM Partners with GCSM to Support CCGPS
GCTM and the Georgia Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (GCSM) have recently joined together to draft a letter to the Georgia legislature in support of the CCGPS. Read the letter here.
The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) will host the first "Math Day at the Capitol" on March 6th, 2014. The event is being organized to promote the importance of mathematics education in Georgia and to highlight the connection between mathematically literate citizens and economic development.
During the event, GCTM award winners and student mathletes from the Georgia American Region Mathematics League (ARML) team will be recognized, and a formal resolution will be made in the Senate.
We would like to make sure that every Georgia Congress member receives a visit from a GCTM member. To this end, we will also be hosting a breakfast for the state legislators from 9:30-11:00 AM in room 125 of the State Capitol Building on this date. If you are interested in attending this event and meeting with your congressional representative, please contact your GCTM region representative to receive additional information.
House and Senate Education Commitee Listening Sessions
The House and Senate Education committees are planning listening sessions throughout the state with local superintendents, boards of education, teachers, and parents. Two of these meetings are of particular interest and importance:
The agenda for the meetings will be as follows: the day will start with a meeting comprised of local superintendents from 3:00pm-4:00pm, local board of education members from 4:15pm-5:15pm, and the listening sessions will take place from 6:30pm-9:00pm for superintendents, board of education members, teachers, parents, and other members of the community. If you have questions please feel free to contact Cortney Gillham at 404-656-9210.
Georgia has withdrawn from PARCC
Georgia has withdrawn from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test development consortium according to a July 22, 2013 press release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Learn more...
All of us need to be aware of issues related to mathematics education in Georgia and to speak out about issues that impact our students' learning of mathematics.
Do you want to contact your Georgia and U.S. legislators or some other government officials?
Here are some sample letters you might use as models for a letter to your legislator: