Rep. England on Education Reform Commission

ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal on Jan. 21 appointed Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) to a new gubernatorial commission that over the next several months will study Georgia’s education system.

The Education Reform Commission has been tasked with reviewing the 1985 Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula for public schools, and it also will explore how to increase access to early learning programs, how to recruit and retain high-quality instructors, and how to expand school options for Georgia’s families.

Rep. England, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, is among 32 appointees to the commission.

“With education the largest expenditure in our state budget, it is important for us to make sure we are spending those dollars in the best manner possible,” Rep. England said. “The current QBE funding formula is 30 years old. Needless to say, a lot has changed over the past three decades, but the formula does not account for those changes. I look forward to this opportunity to address the issues.”

Chuck Knapp, the former president of the University of Georgia, will be the commission’s chairman. The panel will submit its recommendations to the governor by Aug. 1, and any executive, legislative or agency actions could take effect in the 2016-2017 school year.

Gov. Deal’s vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system that is driven by students’ needs and gives local school and district leaders real control and flexibility.

“With this commission now in place, it is my hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce,” the governor said. “Georgia families depend on our classrooms, and now it’s time we take the responsibility in full to provide the high-quality, technologically advanced education they so deserve. I fully anticipate this commission will help bring my vision to reality, and I’m grateful for the members’ willingness to serve.”

Rep. England has served in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2005. He represents District 116, which includes most of Barrow County. In addition to chairing the House Appropriations Committee, he is an ex-officio member of the Ways & Means Committee and a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, the Education Committee, the Industry and Labor Committee, and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

Rep. Terry England can be reached at englandhomeport@gmail.com or by calling his legislative office at 404-463-2245.