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​Representative Brooks Coleman honored with Superintendent’s Impact Award

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August 20, 2015 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods honored Georgia Representative Brooks Coleman with the first Superintendent’s Impact Award today, in recognition of Rep. Coleman’s sponsorship of House Bill 91.

Brooks Coleman Impact Award

House Bill 91, which was signed into law March 30, retroactively eliminates all graduation tests as a requirement for students who took those tests from the early 1980s to the present. State Board Rule in 2011 eliminated those tests as a requirement, but that did not extend to students who had already taken the test. To date, more than 17,000 Georgians have become high-school graduates as a result of HB 91.

“Representative Brooks Coleman was instrumental in the passage of a law that has allowed thousands of Georgians to receive their high school diplomas, many of them moving on to college or advancing in their careers as a result,” Superintendent Woods said. “He has had an enormous impact on the lives of Georgia’s schools and students, and I’m honored to recognize him with this award.”

The Superintendent’s Impact Award recognizes Georgians who are not educators, but who make a positive impact on the lives of Georgia’s schools and students. Rep. Coleman is the first recipient of the award.