For the Students, By the Students

As the Gainesville Times reports, Georgia’s new State Schools Superintendent, Brad Bryant, is looking for advice on how to increase graduation rates – from the students.  In keeping with Superintendent Kathy Cox’s tradition, Superintendent Bryant is forming a council.  High schoolers from all districts in Georgia can apply to the Student Advisory Council which meets three times a year to exchange suggestions and ideas.  Bryant believes “it is important to take the feedback of these students into account as we make statewide policy decisions that affect their futures and prepare them for college and career readiness.”

This year the focus is on increasing the graduation rate.  To apply, students have to provide specific suggestions/ideas to improve the graduation rate.  In 2010, Georgia’s graduation rate rose to approximately 80%, up from 63% in 2002.  The goal of the 2010-2011 Student Advisory Council will be to develop a plan to further increase that percentage.

This bottom-up style of communication not only allows for students to exchange ideas and gain knowledge of how other schools within the state do things, it gives them a sense of ownership for the successes of the school system.  We applaud Georgia for its effort to prepare students for the demands of the post-secondary world. g cloud .

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