Political Notes – Georgia’s ESSA school play gets federal signoff

[private]Georgia’s plan for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

State education officials were notified of the signoff on ESSA, the replacement for the No Child Left Behind law, Friday evening.

“Thousands of Georgians – parents, students, educators, policymakers, members of the business community – gave us their feedback as we worked to create our state’s ESSA plan,” state school Supt. Richard Woods said.

“This plan is a direct response to that feedback, and reflects our continued focus on expanding opportunities for Georgia’s students,” Woods said.

As part of his ongoing feud with Woods, Gov. Nathan Deal refused to give his approval to the state plan, but it received a nod from the federal government anyway.

Executive appointments

The governor’s office announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions —

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: A. G. “Spud” Woodward of Brunswick, the retired director of DNR’s Coastal Resources Division.

Board of the Georgia County Leadership Academy: Becky Langston of Fortson, a Harris County commissioner.

State Board of Architects and Interior Designers: Laurie McRae of Harlem, an interior designer.

Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority: Lauren Armour Pugh of Lula, the vice president for institutional advancement at Lanier Technical College.

Rest in peace

Betty Russell Vandiver of Lavonia, the widow of former governor S. Ernest Vandiver, died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Her husband served as governor from 1959-63. She was the niece of former governor and senator Richard B. Russell, and the mother of Jane Vandiver Kidd, a former member of the Georgia House and onetime state chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.

“Historians and pundits often talk about the sacrifices of a governor, but the truly unsung heroes are the members of the first family, who give of themselves for the betterment of others, often quietly, with dignity, and without the applause they deserve,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

“Betty was a prime example of such a woman of grace and Southern charm. We join her family in honoring her contributions to Georgia and in celebrating the fact that she is finally reunited with her beloved husband.”

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