Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School System Embraces Changes for Education Community Conversations in the Works

“Where Excellence Counts” is the motto of the Fayette County Public School System. Increasing “excellence” in education for all students is exactly why the Fayette County Board of Education has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting a statewide vision to transform public education in Georgia.

Starting this fall, the school system will host a series of community conversations about the vision and what impact it could have on the future of education in Fayette County.

The vision is part of a two-year project of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association aimed at changing how Georgia plans for, delivers, sustains, and provides public education for children from birth through completion of high school. The two organizations held meetings throughout the state soliciting the views of all stakeholders, including citizens and students, about the current state of public education and their hopes for the future.

The full report of the findings is Phase 1 of the project, titled “A Vision for Public Education: Equity and Excellence,” and is available on the project website: Phase 2 involves study of the recommendations at the local level, and finally implementation.

The school system plans to organize several community conversations next school year to include local businesses and organizations, students, parents, educators, residents (both with and without students in the system), and all persons interested in helping to improve the county’s educational program.

It is important for the county to continue to more forward, seeking out innovation and offering quality, well-rounded educational experiences in classrooms in every school, every day. Not just parents and students, but every resident in the county directly benefits from an effective school system. A solid educational system keeps home values high and brings businesses to the county, as well as prepares children to become responsible citizens and contributors to the community and society.

Specific dates for the community conversations will be announced at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. In the meantime, the community is encouraged to learn more by watching a video and reading complete information on the transformation project on the Vision for Public Education website, A link to the vision website is available on the FCBOE webpage,


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