State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 64 Georgia students to serve on his 2020-21 Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Dawson James, a freshman at Jenkins High School, was selected for the honor.
"I'm really excited to be on this council! I look forward to having a voice and to make a difference for students," said Dawson.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett said, “We are proud of Dawson for being selected for this position. He will represent us well at the state level and I look forward to hearing from him about his experiences while serving in this role."
The council includes representation from every Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) district in Georgia. Members were selected from a pool of more than 1,400 applicants who applied to serve on the council. Students were selected by a committee of Georgia Department of Education based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education.
“Now more than ever, it is essential that I receive feedback directly from students on their educational experience," Superintendent Woods said. "My Student Advisory Council has been an invaluable part of my decision-making process for the last six years, and I am looking forward to meeting with the 2020-21 Council soon."
The 2020-21 Student Advisory Council's first meetings will be held virtually in November. Click here for a full list of the Student Advisory Council.