State House, Senate hold education policy hearings
by Celia Shortt
Georgia legislators met with Georgia school superintendents and educators to hear their thoughts about education policy during joint listening sessions held in Newnan Tuesday by the state House and Senate Education Committees.
State Representative Brooks Coleman, chair of the House Education Committee, mentioned the sessions were the first of their kind since he’d been in office, but could also be the first of many.
“We appreciate your time,” he said. “Give us your concerns. We’d like to hear your solutions.”
“It’s a pleasure to be here with you,” said Georgia State Senator Lindsey Tippins. “It’s a pleasure to hear what’s on your mind.”
Their purpose in these sessions was to solicit information from the school superintendents, members of boards of education, teachers, and the public regarding education policy. Members of the Coweta County Board of Education and Coweta School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker were in attendance for their respective sessions.
School superintendents voiced their concerns about funding, teacher morale, having to do more with less, raising taxes, rebranding education, and the need for continued communication between them, legislators and the public.
For more on the joint sessions, which continued into late Tuesday, see the Thursday print and digital editions of The Newnan Times-Herald and look for updates on the newspaper’s website, times-herald.com.