Posted: Thursday, August 22nd 2013 at 3:42pm
Dyer tries to reassure teachers
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Schools Superintendent Merriane Dyer said she's worried about teachers and students as the battle grows over Common Core standards.
When Governor Deal asked state school officials to review Common Core, Dyer said she quickly wrote an e-mail to Gainesville School teachers. She said teachers feel helpless when education becomes a political football.
"What I tried to reiterate to them is that we have to choose how to react to this. What we've got to do is stay the course in teaching well and teaching meaningfully," Dyer said.
Dyer also told teachers not to be discouraged by the political battle over education.
"We need to have our own strategy in approaching how we're teaching in our classrooms and doing what's right for our children during the time of a political fight over what the curriculum is going to be, what the standards are going to be," Dyer said.
In the email, Dyer called the controversy the "Common Core War," and said she doesn't want teachers and students to become "collateral damage" in the battle.
Dyer said she anticipates state lawmakers may pull Georgia away from the standards in the next legislative session.
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