Each school year the State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge names 50 outstanding students from across Georgia to serve on his Student Advisory Council. Students serving on the council will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Superintendent Barge on how state policies are impacting in the classroom and other education related issues. Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education (GaDOE) and the students of Georgia. Superintendent Barge will conduct the meetings, which will also feature various GaDOE personnel providing further information. More than 700 students applied to be a member of this distinguished Advisory Council and were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers found on the Advisory Council application. “I am excited about getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies impact them on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Barge. “We want to make education work for all Georgia’s students, and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens.”
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will be represented by William Quarterman, a student at Windsor Forest High School. The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council was held in September at the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta.