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Since municipal elections are typically non-partisan and thus don’t require party primaries, it can take a few months into an election year (like this one) for things to begin to heat up. But Atlantans are already seeing some jockeying for position—and it’s not coming from where one might expect.
Given annually since 2000, the CRCT measures the “quality” of Georgia’s schools. It is a measure that has fundamentally altered what is taught in Georgia classrooms. To help their students pass the CRCT, teachers feel compelled to prep them with testing strategies and to focus—sometimes relentlessly—on the content most likely to be tested. That means an emphasis on concrete, multiple-choice tasks rather than creative teaching and critical thinking.