Deal names teacher group to review his education proposals

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a 90-member group of teachers to review the recommendations made last year by his education reform commission.

The advisory council will be chaired by Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta), a Lowndes County teacher and a member of the Georgia House for the past 10 years.

“Georgia’s teachers educate, train, mentor and encourage our children each and every day, and they are dedicated to providing a quality education and shaping the minds of Georgia’s future leaders,” Deal said in a news release.

“I have tasked the Teacher Advisory Committee with reviewing these recommendations and providing input and feedback,” Deal said. “I look forward to meeting with them to discuss how we can continue to improve outcomes for Georgia’s educators.”

When the governor’s hand-picked commission was working on Deal’s ideas for revising the way the state funds local schools, teachers complained at each of the hearings that no teachers had been appointed to the commission.

Teachers were especially incensed at the governor’s insistence on basing teacher’s pay on performance rather than on experience and graduate degrees.

The commission’s recommendations were not placed before the General Assembly this year, but Deal has said he will bring them up in the 2017 session.

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