State School Superintendent names 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council MembersPrint This Post
State School Superintendent John Barge today named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the Superintendent to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success.
“I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discuss how our policies affect their children on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Barge. “Having parent engagement is critical to ensuring student success, and hearing directly from parents is the best way to ensure their children get what they need to be successful after high school.”
The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent’s PAC will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisers and ambassadors in their respective communities.
Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school district at the beginning of each school year. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant’s response to questions. Each member serves a two-year term on the council.
The council includes six members who won Georgia Parent Leadership Awards, which includes honorary members on the Parent Advisory Council. The council also includes six members from educational organizations in the state, including Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The first meeting is Oct. 21.
Members will also participate in the Georgia Family Engagement Conference Jan. 9-11, 2014, in Athens.