Mans­field res­i­dent to be par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tive in House com­mit­tee

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

A Mans­field res­i­dent was ap­pointed to a Ge­or­gia House study com­mit­tee as one of three teacher rep­re­sen­ta­tives across the state.

Justin Adams, a math and so­cial stud­ies teacher at Hen­der­son Mid­dle School in Butts County, was named to the Role of Fed­eral Govern­ment in Ed­u­ca­tion Study Com­mit­tee by House Speaker David Ral­ston (R-Blue Ridge), ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment from the speaker’s of­fice last Fri­day. He is also the pas­tor at NEW LIFE Praise Cen­ter in Cov­ing­ton.

Adams said the nom­i­na­tion process in­volved be­ing cho­sen by Hen­der­son Mid­dle’s prin­ci­pal and Butts County su­per­in­ten­dent be­fore Rep. Ral­ston’s se­lec­tion and sev­eral phone in­ter­views, tak­ing two months to com­plete.

The com­mit­tee met for the first time Wed­nes­day, July 30 from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Coverdell Leg­isla­tive Of­fice Build­ing in At­lanta’s Cap­i­tal Square, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in the Jackson Progress-Ar­gus.

Ac­cord­ing to the Progress-Ar­gus, the study com­mit­tee was cre­ated by House Res­o­lu­tion 550 and will be called and sched­uled by co-chair­men state Reps. Brooks Cole­man (R-Du­luth) and Carol Rogers (R-Gainesville).

“Ed­u­ca­tion is one of the most im­por­tant is­sues that we ad­dress as pol­i­cy­mak­ers,” Ral­ston said in a state­ment quoted by the ar­ti­cle. “Fund­ing, man­dates and other di­rec­tives that come down from the fed­eral govern­ment, as they re­late to ed­u­ca­tion, de­serve a thor­ough re­view by lead­ers in our state from time to time. I plan to ask this com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine these is­sues as well as the role the fed­eral govern­ment played in the adop­tion of the Com­mon Core state stan­dards. I am very ex­cited that this group of lead­ers and ed­u­ca­tors agreed to give us their time to do just that, and I look for­ward to ad­dress­ing the study com­mit­tee (this) week.”

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