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School chief part of panel studying education funding
Evans
Evans

 

Forsyth County's school superintendent is among the 20 education leaders tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to examine education funding in Georgia.

Buster Evans said he was “honored to have the privilege to serve" on the Education Finance Study Commission.

“Education is an important function in our society and our state," he said. "With over 50 percent of the state’s budget being allocated to education, it takes a significant amount of fiscal resources to provide for quality learning opportunities for our 1.7 million students in Georgia.”

The commission will meet quarterly to review the Quality Basic Education Formula, a method of calculating funding for Georgia’s systems, and recommend improvements by Sept. 30, 2012.

The commission will review the 25-year-old QBE formula, but will also look at other types of educational funding, including Race to the Top, a federal initiative to help states improve education.

Evans said quality learning is key, as is being fiscally responsible.

Having served in both a small, low-wealth district as well as larger and more affluent Forsyth, Evans said he “can contribute to how resources are important to all school systems in Georgia."

"We recognize that resources are a challenge for all districts and the quality of educational opportunity for students should not be disparate based on wealth or geographic location on residence," he said.

Deal also appointed, among other educators, Lee Lovett, deputy superintendent and chief financial officer of the neighboring Hall County School System.

“The members of this commission have both the knowledge of education and the expertise in education finance required to find the right ways to balance the educational needs of Georgia’s children with the appropriate resources to fund them,” Deal said.

“I look forward to seeing the commission’s evaluations as we seek to find the best, most fair way to pay for our children’s education.”

Four senators and four representatives were also selected for the panel by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Speaker of the House David Ralston.