Thursday, March 1, 2001

PeachStar to Help Train School Councils

Georgia s schools will have well-trained councils to guide them in their school improvement efforts, thanks to an exciting new partnership between PeachStar and the Georgia School Council Institute.

The Georgia School Council Institute and PeachStar are developing a comprehensive training program that will be delivered into local schools via the PeachStar Satellite Network during the month of July 2001. The training covers everything a council member needs to know to serve effectively, from the proper way to conduct a meeting and the legal requirements of a council, to understanding statistical measures of school performance and developing plans that address issues.

The A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 mandated the creation of school councils to "bring communities and schools closer together in the spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process." Every public school in Georgia must form a school counsel comprising the school principal, 2 parents, 2 teachers, and 2 local business professionals. The law also requires each council member to complete a training program prior to commencing service.

PeachStar is proud to play such an important role in transforming all Georgia schools into outstanding centers of learning. To learn more about this project or the Georgia School Council Institute, please call Shelia G. King, executive director of the Institute, at 678-560-1301, or visit their web site at