Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651- 7358, email@example.com
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August 11, 2016 – Over the next several weeks, more
than 1.7 million students will walk through the doors of Georgia’s public
schools. Some of those students are kindergarteners just starting their
journey. Others are high school seniors almost ready to take the next step.
They’ll be welcomed by more than 113,000 dedicated teachers.
I want to take
a moment to personally welcome every one of our students and teachers back to
school. I offer my best wishes to each of you for a safe, successful year of
This is an
exciting time of the year, full of new beginnings, and it always brings to mind
the students, teachers, and administrators who shaped my own life. I will try
to honor their legacy this year as I serve as your State School Superintendent.
There is so
much going on in Georgia that is benefiting students. I can’t wait to spend
time in classrooms across the state and continue to witness the personalized
and holistic approach schools are taking as we work to educate Georgia’s
This year, we
have the opportunity to continue to improve learning for our students as we
work to create Georgia’s state plan responsive to the Every Student Succeeds
Act (the replacement for the federal law commonly known as No Child Left
Behind). Please visit gadoe.org/ESSA and stay tuned for more information –
there will be many opportunities for you to provide feedback and help us shape
the future of Georgia education.
students, I hope you have a wonderful start to the year. I encourage you to stay
positive, work hard, and make the most of every opportunity that is given to
you. You are Georgia’s future and we are proud that you will one day lead our
To our parents,
thank you for your willingness to be the number-one partner in your child’s
education. We can only move education forward by working together, and your
engagement in our schools is essential for the success of our students. We so
appreciate your support.
educators, please know how much you are appreciated. It has been my pleasure
watching you take such pride in personalizing the education of each and every
child in the state of Georgia. Thank you for your collaborative effort to ensure
the students in Georgia’s public schools graduate ready to live, ready to
learn, and ready to lead.
plugged in with the GaDOE during the school year, and reach out if we can ever
be of assistance. You can connect with us on social media at facebook.com/georgiadeptofed,
fantastic year, everyone.
Georgia’s School Superintendent