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May 6, 2014

Valarie Wilson receives GAE’s endorsement for state superintendent

ATLANTA — The Georgia Association of Educators’ (GAE) Fund for Public Education PAC recommended former Decatur City School Board chairman and Georgia School Boards Association president Valarie Wilson, as the best qualified candidate to succeed Dr. John Barge as Georgia’s next state school superintendent.  “Our GAE-FPE PAC felt that Valarie has the critical in-depth knowledge of how public education in Georgia currently works and possesses a vision and expertise that will be student-focused on a daily basis as it relates locally, statewide and nationally,” said GAE President Calvine Rollins.  “She also understands the challenges the next state school superintendent faces as he or she goes about the business of leading the state’s efforts to educate over 1.6 million students.”

Rollins said all candidates received an invitation and seven accepted her organization’s invitation to be interviewed, and after interviews were concluded, Wilson’s credentials and commitment put her at the top of the list.  “Our PAC believed that her experience, in combination with her drive and vision for helping to make Georgia a positive example of what public education should look like, helped her to stand out from the crowd.”   

According to Rollins, Wilson’s vision is to lead a public education system that provides all students with a high quality and equitable public education that incorporates rigor and relevance; and that it should be one that helps to create a rewarding experience for a new generation of learners who are prepared to be globally competitive with their peers across the country and abroad.  “Ultimately, her vision is of a system that prepares our students to be academically strong and  productive citizens who enjoy successful lives,” she says.

Wilson’s recommendation was officially announced to GAE members during their recent spring convention in Augusta.

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