Leaders share about the eco­nomics of ed­u­ca­tion at State Mu­nic­i­pal Train­ing In­sti­tute

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The Ge­or­gia Mu­nic­i­pal Train­ing In­sti­tute is a se­ries of train­ing classes de­signed to help city of­fi­cials enhance their knowl­edge and skills in mu­nic­i­pal re­lated mat­ters. Many city leaders con­vened at the Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia at the an­nual con­ven­tion. Dr. Steve Dolinger, president of the Ge­or­gia Part­ner­ship for Ex­cel­lence in Ed­u­ca­tion, shared in­for­ma­tion which demon­strated the crit­i­cal role of busi­nesses and the en­tire com­mu­nity in build­ing a strong work­force and pos­i­tive eco­nomic cli­mate through im­proved ed­u­ca­tion.

Data was pre­sented in­di­cat­ing where Ge­or­gia stands in its abil­ity to raise the bar on stu­dent achieve­ment. “There is a di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and a com­mu­nity’s abil­ity to at­tract good- pay­ing jobs and enhance its qual­ity of life,” shared Dr. Dolinger.

The Eco­nomics of Ed­u­ca­tion class pro­vided spe­cific and tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence that ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant to a com­mu­nity’s pros­per­ity. Class mem­bers heard from a panel of city leaders: Mayor and GMA 1st Vice President Dorothy Hub­bard of Al­bany, Mayor Jimmy Palmer of Cal­houn, Mayor Kay Pip­pin of Jack­son and President of the Ge­or­gia School Su­per­in­ten­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Dr. Michele Tay­lor, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Cal­houn City Schools. Each pan­elist stressed the im­por­tance of city coun­cils, com­mis­sion­ers, cham­ber lead­er­ship, de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity boards, boards of ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness and in­dus­try leaders work­ing to­gether with a uni­fied plan to ad­dress com­mu­nity needs.

The Ge­or­gia Part­ner­ship for Ex­cel­lence in Ed­u­ca­tion was founded in 1992 with its fo­cus be­ing the im­prove­ment of stu­dent achieve­ment in our state. Through the years the or­ga­ni­za­tion has not wa­vered in reach­ing that goal. Con­ven­ing and work­ing with the busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, civic and gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ties, the Ge­or­gia Part­ner­ship has built a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­de­pen­dent, non­par­ti­san voice ca­pa­ble of bring­ing di­verse ideas and groups to the table then con­nect­ing vary­ing con­tri­bu­tions for the bet­ter­ment of our public ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Pic­tured: Dr. Steve Dolinger, Dr. Michele Tay­lor, Mayor Dorothy Hub­bard, Mayor Kay Pip­pin and Mayor Jimmy Palmer.


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