State Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, was recognized recently for his efforts to help Georgians receive their high school diploma.
Coleman sponsored House Bill 91, which was signed into law March 30 and retroactively eliminates all graduation tests for students who took those tests from the early 1980s to the present.
To date, more than 17,000 Georgians have become high school graduates as a result of the bill, according to a release from the state. Hundreds of these recipients are from Hall County.
In recognition of this, State Superintendent Richard Woods presented Coleman with the first Superintendent’s Impact Award.
“Representative Brooks Coleman was instrumental in the passage of a law that has allowed thousands of Georgians to receive their high school diplomas, many of them moving on to college or advancing in their careers as a result,” Woods said. “He has had an enormous impact on the lives of Georgia’s schools and students, and I’m honored to recognize him with this award.”
The award is presented to Georgians who are not educators, but who make a positive impact on the lives of schools and students in the state. Rep. Coleman is the first recipient of the award.