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First meeting of education panel informative
Local official says group is 'positive'
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Forsyth County News


After just one meeting, a Forsyth County Schools official said Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Advisory Board has already come up with some good ideas.

“I think it’s a very positive group,” said Ann Crow, one of 13 school board officials from across the state selected for the 56-member board.

“I learned a lot just listening to the other school districts and what they’re doing and incorporating.”

Crow described the first quarterly meeting, which was held March 25, as a give and take of information.

She told other districts about how successful Forsyth’s Investing in Education Excellence, or IE2, contract with the state has been.

The contract gives the local school system more freedom from state mandates in exchange for increased accountability.

Crow also talked about iAchieve, the system’s virtual academy, and the work the district has done to raise its graduation rates.

“The main discussion was about outstanding things that were being done in our counties and we were sharing that information,” she said. “We have a lot of things to share in our county.”

Crow said Erin Hames, Deal’s education policy adviser, attended the first meeting to hear about some of the best practices to share with other counties.

“Governor Deal has opened his doors for good conversation among all stakeholders,” Crow said. "I think it’s a positive thing in building a consensus for what’s right in education.”