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State DOE selects 2011-12 Student Advisory Council

Fifty high school students from around the state of Georgia will get to express their concerns and questions about education, by serving on the 2011-12 Student Advisory Council for the State Department of Education.

“The Student Advisory Council is an invaluable resource to the leadership of the Georgia Department of Education,” said State Superintendent of Schoools John Barge. “This group will provide a unique perspective on how state policies are working in the classroom, and allow me the opportunity to communicate directly with students in schools throughout Georgia.”

Although no Clayton County Public Schools students, or Henry County Schools students were chosen for the advisory group, three nearby school systems did land a representative on the body –– Atlanta Public Schools, Griffin-Spalding County Schools and Fayette County Schools.

Matt Cardoza, DOE spokesperson, said members of the advisory group will meet with Barge two times during the school year, in efforts to discuss how decisions made on the state level are affecting students throughout the state.

He added that these advisors will act as liaisons between the Department of Education and all students in Georgia.

“The Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the State Superintendent’s ambassadors in the respective schools,” said Cardoza.

He added that more than 700 students applied to be members of the Student Advisory Council. During the application process, students had to answer several essay questions. Based on the strength of those essays, answers to questions on the application, and a student’s community involvement, the selections were made, Cardoza said.

“We had a large number of qualified applicants this year, which made the task of choosing the members of the Student Advisory Council very difficult,” added Barge. However, he said he believes the DOE chose a great group of students, and he’s looking forward to their first meeting, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Georgia Department of Education, in Atlanta.

For more information about the Student Advisory Council, and meeting dates, visit the DOE’s web site at: www.doe.k12.ga.us.