(December 21, 2020) – Senator David Woodsome has been appointed to serve as the lead Republican Senator on the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.
A teacher and coach for 35 years, Woodsome hopes to slow the onslaught of new programs and requirements passed down on local schools over the last several years.
“We need to take a break from the frequent introduction of new assessments and data collection that distracts from the curriculum and reduces the amount of time spent focused on learning,” said Sen. Woodsome. “With the pressures placed by COVID-19 on classroom time, we need to become more focused than ever on streamlining our efforts to make student learning our complete focus.”
At the same time, Woodsome hopes to focus on helping to improve and advance broadband Internet access that has become essential to learning. Also, on vocational education and career technology skills, and to work with businesses and industry to develop apprenticeships that meet the state’s needs while improving the economy.
In November, Senator Woodsome was reelected to serve District 33 which includes Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Sanford, Shapleigh, and Waterboro.