Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal, though slightly late, has formally joined the chase for the votes of Georgia’s classroom teachers.
…Deal wants to let teachers decide when to give required standardized tests in their classrooms and to promote students midyear if they’re ready.
In comments Wednesday afternoon to State Farm agents and executives, Deal also said he favors greater efforts by schools to tackle childhood obesity by serving locally grown vegetables and requiring more daily exercise.
The proposals were the first two planks of an education platform he said he will announce in full next week….
Deal said his education ideas grew out of conversations with teachers….
The midyear promotions would combat students’