Georgians will vote in their political party runoff elections on Tuesday to select their state school superintendent nominee for the November general election. Most political observers agree that the winner of the Republican runoff – either educators Richard Woods or Mike Buck— should have the edge over the Democrat nominee in the fall campaign.

The superintendent, of course, runs the day-to-day operations of the far-flung public school system. Whoever wins the GOP nod will also have a big say in recommending if the Peach State sticks with the controversial Common Core kindergarten-through-12th grade English and math standards. Common Core is tied to President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top grant. So, in exchange for surrendering state control over English and math, Georgia is to receive $100 million a year from the feds for four years for implementation. Assisting Barge with implementation is candidate Buck, who is the state Department of Education’s chief academic officer. 

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