Education Dean to Testify Before Joint Legislative Committee

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University College of Education Dean David Rock will testify Wednesday in Atlanta before the Joint Study Committee on Teacher Training and Certification.

The committee meeting in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building in Atlanta can be viewed online in streaming video when it meets from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 27.

Besides Rock, the committee is also expected to hear from state Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth), chair of the committee and chair of the Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Education; Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland), committee member and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee; and other committee members.

The state General Assembly created the Joint Study Committee on Teacher Training and Certification to assess Georgia’s teacher training programs and certification process and requirements and their impact on the students in Georgia. The resolution creating the committee says it was formed “because of the importance of providing a quality education to every student, it is critical that teachers be appropriately educated and prepared to serve in classrooms across this state.”

Rock is expected to talk about improving the production of quality math and science teachers for Georgia and CSU’s track record in providing a variety of paths to certification that include completion of a bachelor’s degree leading to certification in four years.

For more information, contact David Rock at 706-568-2212.