Educators and state legislators talk federal government's role in education

Educators and state legislators talk federal government's role in education

Superintendent Dr. Mark Scott is one of three superintendents on the Federal Government in Education Study Committee.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Several school officials across the state, including Houston County's Superintedent, are teaming up with the federal government to try and find ways to better education in Georgia.

As the first weeks of school get underway, officials are already thinking ahead to the future.

Dr. Mark Scott, Houston County's Superintendent, says the federal government in education study committee is gearing up to figure out how they'll impact schools.

"It will really focus the work of the committee, with the intentions of really learning what role the federal government in education in the state of Georgia," Scott said.
He  is one of three superintendents on the fifteen person team, made up of state representatives, educators, and parents.

"It's an opportunity to gather information and hopefully gather information that will help us to be better," Scott said.

A major topic is federal funding --

A big chunk of Houston County's $232 million budget comes from the state.

"With our school system our total funds that we collect from the federal government is about $24 million," Scott said.

Most of that money goes toward programs helping students from low income families, special education, and providing a stable environment for children in military families.

"We want to make sure that we're using the funds appropriately and often they're earmarked toward certain student populations," Scott said.

Houston County schools have roughly 7,000 kids with parents in the military.

Scott says he's aiming to keep some of the state's common core practices in tact in the county so military kids can have a sense of consistency.

He wants the school board to help figure out how to keep those practices.

"We want our elected board members in Houston county to make a determination on what curriculum we use and they currently do," Scott said.

The committee is meeting again next Monday, where they'll have their first listening session to hear what parents and educators have to say. after that, they plan on meeting again in September in Milledgeville. 
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