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Gwinnett representatives appointed to education study committee

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has appointed Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth) and Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) to the Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee. Coleman will serve as co-chair with Rep. Carl Rogers (R-Gainesville).

The purpose of the committee is to review the role of the federal government in public education, the effects and implications of common core standards and to make recommendations to ensure all state standards, curriculum and assessments remain under the control of the state.

“Education is one of the most important issues that we address as policymakers,” said House Speaker David Ralston in a press release. “Funding, mandates and other directives that come down from the federal government, as they relate to education, deserve a thorough review by leaders in our state from time to time. I plan to ask this committee to examine these issues as well as the role the federal government played in the adoption of the common core state standards. I am very excited that this group of leaders and educators agreed to give of their time to do just that.”

The Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee was created by HR 550. Co-chairs Coleman and Rogers will call and schedule the meetings.

Dacula teacher reappointed to Standards Commission

Gov. Nathan Deal has reappointed Christy C. McGill, a kindergarten teacher at Dacula Elementary School, to the Professional Standards Commission.

McGill was a 2008 Teacher of the Year finalist and has attended Gwinnett County’s Literacy and Math Institute. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and a Teacher Support Specialist endorsement through Gwinnett County.

McGill and her husband reside in Grayson and have two children.

Deal honored by conservative seniors organization

Earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal was presented with the 60 Plus Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award for his tax reform efforts.

“I remain committed to making Georgia a better place to run and grow a business, and an even better place to live,” Deal said in a July 29 press release. “Georgia has one of the lowest tax burdens on its citizens of any state in the nation, and it’s my plan to keep it that way. Thank you to the 60 Plus Association for this honor, and for their continued work on behalf of our nation’s senior citizens.”

The 60 Plus Association, a 7.2-million member conservative organization for seniors, regularly presents awards to lawmakers from both parties who vote “pro-senior,” particularly on issues such as the repeal of death taxes, saving Social Security and Medicare and making prescription drugs affordable.

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