Ga. superintendent candidates debate education standards

The main focus was how the state should handle national standards

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ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia held it's first general election campaign for state school superintendent candidates.  The meeting was held Tuesday in Atlanta. 

During the meeting the main focus was national education standards.  The candidates debated on how the state of Georgia should handle the national standards.

Currently Georgia follows Common Core standards.  Common Core, created by the National Governors Association, focuses on stricter math and English standards. 

Irwin County educator Richard Woods believes there should be more flexibility for educators.  Woods is running for state superintendent as a Republican.  He wants a new teacher evaluation system where using test scores would be delayed. 

The Democrat superintendent candidate is Valarie Wilson.  Wilson believes in following the stricter standards.  She believes it will help students to compete.

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