The selected students will meet three times during the school year to advise Barge regarding the impact of state policies in the classroom.
"The Student Advisory Council is a great way for me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a released statement. "Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable. The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues.”
The 50 members of the council were selected from a group of 700 applicants. Council members were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers.
"As usual, the selection process for the Student Advisory Council was very difficult because there were so many outstanding applications," Barge said. "I’m excited about working with this group of students because they have very diverse backgrounds and will help me in the process of making education work for all students.”
The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held Sept. 27 at the state Department of Education offices in Atlanta.