Governor Names Education Reform Commission

The folks that have been charged with reforming our “parachute pants and Commodore 64” 80’s Education funding formula, QBE, have been chosen. The Governor’s press release follows:

Gov. Nathan Deal today named the individuals who will serve on the Education Reform Commission that he announced during his State of the State address. The commission will study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.

“My vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system driven by student need that provides local school and district leaders with real control and flexibility,” said Deal. “With this commission now in place, it is my hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce. Georgia families depend on our classrooms, and now it’s time we take the responsibility in full to provide the high-quality, technologically advanced education they so deserve. I fully anticipate this commission will help bring my vision to reality and I’m grateful for the members’ willingness to serve.”

The commission will convene throughout the year to comprehensively review the state’s education system and QBE funding formula in order to provide recommendations on possible executive, legislative and agency fixes. The recommendations will be sent to Deal by Aug. 1 of this year, with some going into effect as early as the 2016-2017 school year. Chuck Knapp, former president of the University of Georgia, will chair both the commission and the subcommittee on funding reform.

Commission members are listed below:

Name Title Organization
Madelyn Adams Director of Community Benefit Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
Matt Arthur Deputy Commissioner Technical College System of Georgia
Robert Avossa Superintendent Fulton County Schools
Greg Beadles Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer AMB Sports and Entertainment
Brad Bryant Director REACH Scholarship program
Brooks Coleman Chairman, House Education Committee Georgia General Assembly
Tom Dickson Chairman, House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Georgia General Assembly
Mike Dudgeon State Representative Georgia General Assembly
Kent Edwards Superintendent Carrolton City Schools
Terry England Chairman, House Appropriations Committee Georgia General Assembly
Tina Fernandez Partner Bellweather Education Partners
Mike Glanton State Representative Georgia General Assembly
Barbara Hampton Sixth Congressional District Member State Board of Education
Tyler Harper Chairman, Senate Public Safety Committee Georgia General Assembly
Hannah Heck Attorney, Vice Chair and Founding Board Member Westside Atlanta Charter School
Jack Hill Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee Georgia General Assembly
Kylie Holley Principal/Superintendent Pataula Charter Academy
Bonnie Holliday Executive Director Georgia Charter Schools Commission
Amy Jacobs Commissioner Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning 
Audrey King South Region External Affairs Manager Georgia Power Company
Cynthia Kuhlman Director of Educational Achievement ?         Cousins Family Foundation, Inc.
Fran Millar Chairman, Senate Higher Education Committee Georgia General Assembly
Nels Peterson Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs University System of Georgia
Hunter Pierson Vice Chairman New Schools New Orleans, co-founder of Young Professionals for Education Equity
Noris Price Superintendent Baldwin County Schools
Elizabeth Rhodes Retired Teacher Educators First
Will Schofield Superintendent Hall County Schools
Freddie Powell Simms State Senator Georgia General Assembly
Lindsey Tippins Chairman, Senate Education and Youth Committee Georgia General Assembly
Anthony Townsend Principal Locust Grove Middle School, Henry County
Alvin Wilbanks Superintendent Gwinnett County Schools
Pam Williams 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year Appling County High School
Dick Yarbrough Columnist, retired BellSouth Corporation executive, managing director of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games  

6 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Good coffee chuckle: in the corporate world those are networking social groups that the first thought was the resort location, the next the recreational options, the third which presentations to attend – some suppliers had nice handouts and any expected outcome was delegated to staff to summarize.

    The decision or advisory committee rarely exceeded 6.

  2. PegM says:

    Since when does a cast of thousands, ever get anything done.? Sheesh, don’t expect any results from this gang.

    • xdog says:

      Agreed, but since Deal wants their report by 1 August this year, everyone probably knows already what they’ll recommend. Despite their charge to ‘bring my vision to reality’ I’m afraid the commission exists just to provide political cover for the Gov.

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