State DOE seeking student advisors

Applications must be received by Sept. 6

Georgia high school students, looking to express their concerns about education, might be able to join a select few, as advisors to the State Board of Education, and have the opportunity to put their concerns and questions on the table for the new school year.

State School Superintendent John Barge is accepting applicants for the 2011-2012 Student Advisory Council.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors, and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis,” said Barge.

Barge said the members of the advisory group will meet with him two times during the school year, in efforts to discuss how decisions made on the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. He added that these advisors will act as liaisons between the Department of Education and all students in the state.

“We want to make education work for all of Georgia’s students, and what better way to do that than to hear directly from them?” said Barge.

All meetings will be conducted by the superintendent, said state officials, and also present at these meetings will be various DOE personnel, providing further information to students.

According to the DOE’s web site, all high school students are eligible to apply for the 2011-2012 advisory council. The two meeting dates are set for Nov. 4, 2011, and March 7, 2012, However, state officials said, these dates are subject to change.

To be eligible for the council, a student’s application must be received by Sept. 6, 2011, and students who are chosen to sit on the council are required to attend both meeting dates, said Barge.

Applications can be found on the DOE’s web site at: www.doe.k12.ga.us.