- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - State Superintendent Richard Woods plans to run for another term.

Woods, a Republican, made the announcement in a video on Wednesday.

The former teacher and administrator in Irwin County took office in 2014, promising independence from education standards set by the federal government.

In the campaign video, Woods focused on legislative changes to Georgia’s high-stakes testing of students and tests’ role in teacher evaluations during his first term.

His campaign site also highlights Woods‘ criticism of a federal directive that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The site says Woods “stood up to” former President Barack Obama’s administration. President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded the guidance in February.

Woods says he wants to focus on “classroom-centered” policies if re-elected in 2018.


An earlier version of this story contained the wrong month.

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