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Casas in position to spread school choice across country

Two Gwinnett politicians were recently placed in positions to affect education policy.

Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, was named chairman of the Education Task Force Subcommittee on School Choice by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Casas wrote in a press release that it was his work on securing Georgia's first school choice legislation that caught the attention of the council. He'll work with co-chair Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice to try to introduce school choice legislation in other states.

"I believe in the ALEC mission, and it's an honor for me to play a part in expanding school choice around the nation," Casas said.

According to the release, the American Legislative Exchange Council exists to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, through a non-partisan, public-private partnership between state legislators and concerned members of the private sector, the federal government and the general public.

More than 2,000 state legislators, business leaders, and public policy experts will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this summer for ALEC's 34th Annual Meeting to participate in an exchange of ideas and craft public policy solutions that further their common goal of a limited government that promotes free markets and individual liberties. Casas will convene the first meeting of the school choice subcommittee at the annual meeting.

Floyd to work on

athletics for disabled

Rep. Hugh Floyd will have a role in setting education policy on a more local scene.

The Democrat from Norcross was named to the Georgia General Assembly's Joint Study Committee on Continuing Education and Collegiate Sports Programs for Students with Disabilities.

"I am honored and privileged to serve on this committee and look forward to working with my colleagues to develop policy recommendations that serve the best interest of Georgians," Floyd said after learning that he was chosen by House Speaker Glenn Richardson for the committee.

According to a press release, the committee will work to identify and create opportunities for student athletes with disabilities at the collegiate level and explore the development of pilot programs, recruitment of athletes, and nonprofit and private sector support for different collegiate programs.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.