Legislative Study Committees Starting to Crank up

Friday June 09, 2017

Summer is the time for legislative study committees to do their work and prepare legislation for next year’s General Assembly.  Two of the most important education study committees will focus on accreditation and leadership development.

HB 338, the Governor’s Turnaround for Underperforming Schools, called for two legislative study committees.  The first is a committee to examine the possibility of creating a State Accreditation Commission that would be responsible for accrediting all Georgia schools and school systems.  While AdvancEd has converted many school systems to system accreditation, there continues to be many elementary and middle schools that carry only local accreditation such as that offered by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, a private accrediting organization.  There are a few influential legislators that  are not pleased with AdvancEd for one reason or another, mostly political, and want to see a change.  It will be most interesting to see what the soon to be appointed accreditation study committee reports.

The second study committee to be appointed will look at constructing a Leadership Academy, aimed primarily at developing educational leaders particularly in dealing with high poverty schools.  The Governor has indicated that he prefers that such an academy be under the University System but wisdom should dictate that it include practitioners such the Marietta City Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Gwinnett County Schools, and individual schools such as Stone Mountain, Meadowcreek, and Maynard Jackson High Schools.  Georgia has some gifted educational leaders that have put strong, positive leadership into practice and I certainly hope that they are given a voice in what should be done to cultivate leadership.

GAEL will keep you posted as the study process begins to take shape.