September 30, 2016 – The Georgia Department of Education was formerly
part of an initiative spearheaded by the Collaborative for Academic
Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), which was designed to facilitate
partnerships between several states related to social and emotional engagement.
However, Georgia has opted not to accept the grant funding offered by CASEL.
“Social and emotional learning is essential to complementing Georgia’s
existing school climate efforts, and we will continue working to make learning
environments safer, healthier and more positive,” said State School
Superintendent Richard Woods. “However, it is equally important that we as a
state maintain control of our decision making and not place any additional
burdens on our schools.”