Superintendent Barge seeks student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia high school students have a chance to have their voices heard at the state level.

State School Superintendent John Barge is accepting applications for the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

The members of the Student Advisory Council will meet two times during the school year with the state school superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia.

Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia.

Superintendent Barge will be conducting the meetings, which also will feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

All students in ninth through 12th grades are eligible to apply.

Meeting dates are scheduled for Nov. 7, 2012 and March 6, 2013; dates are subject to change. Applicants should be able to attend both meetings.

To be eligible for the council, applications must be received by Sept. 14.

They are available on the GaDOE website, www.gadoe.org. The application includes a 150- to 300-word response to the steps the GaDOE can take to make education work for students, among other personal questions.