As a retired teacher, I disagree with the proposed legislation by Rep. Mike Dungeon, R-Johns Creek, to let the governor appoint the state school superintendent rather than maintaining the current system of electing the position. The movement to appoint the school chief, I believe, is the reaction of the Republican establishment to the win by our current school superintendent, Republican Richard Woods.
The party establishment wanted desperately to maintain Common Core and our current system of high-stakes standardized testing. Mr. Woods ran the most amazing grassroots campaign I have ever witnessed, on a platform that was critical of Common Core, teacher evaluations and standardized testing. It is clear that by voting for Woods, Georgians wanted a candidate who would be free to critically examine the educational policies of Georgia, not bound by the dictates of the governor.
The right of citizens to vote for state school superintendent is a fundamental process for our representative democracy and should not be taken away by politicians who do not trust the citizens of Georgia to express their views on educational policy.
ALAN WIND, MARIETTA
Autism bill should get another chance
So the National Federation of Independent Business disapproves of the autism bill and wants it stopped (“Autism bill returns,” Metro, Jan. 15). Just another pesky mandate, they say, in so many words. While it’s nice to see that the sponsor has a big “R” by his name, I wonder, will his party — usually deferential to whatever business wants — have the guts to defy them? To state the obvious, sometimes mandates are necessary: labor laws, environmental rules and racial non-discrimination come to mind. These are properly “mandated” by government. My heart goes out to the affected families, hoping this much-needed change goes through.
RALPH HOWARD, CHAMBLEE