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Comments sought on graduation rules
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Liberty County’s interim school superintendent, Harley Grove, has said he is disappointed the Georgia Department of Education is providing short notice of a Monday opportunity for public comment on revisions to the state’s graduation rule.
Grove said people who are unable to participate in the call-in can send comments by email or postal mail.
A news release dated Wednesday and received Thursday evening said GaDOE will hold two public listening sessions via conference call to gain feedback on the current draft proposal.
“We are excited to receive input from our educators, parents, students, business leaders and the community at large,” State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said.
The graduation rule establishes the minimum academic requirements a student must meet in order to graduate from a Georgia public high school.
A new Graduation Rule is needed to align with the state's revised and improved curriculum, the Georgia Performance Standards. The GaDOE anticipates that the new rule will be adopted by the State Board of Education at the September meeting and will go into effect for the freshman class of the 2008-2009 school year.
The first draft of the graduation rule was created by a committee comprised of representatives from local school districts, GaDOE, the University System of Georgia, the Department of Adult and Technical Education, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, as well as members of education stakeholder groups and the business community.
Subcommittees were created to discuss and make recommendations for specific academic areas as well.
“We want to hear from the general public to make any other necessary changes before this becomes a State Board rule,” Cox said.

Submitting comments
 Public input can be submitted in the following manner:
Public input sessions: The GaDOE will hold two listening sessions on Monday. The first conference call will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The second conference call will be from 5-6 p.m. There will be 100 lines available per conference call.  Lines are available on a first come, first serve basis. Callers will have three minutes to comment. More comments will be taken as time permits.
To access the 3:30-4:30 p.m. conference call, dial toll free 1-888-373-5705 and enter the passcode 418821.
To access the 5:-6:p.m. conference call, dial toll free 1-800-214-0745 and enter the passcode 584805.

Participant information
• Please dial in 3-5 minutes prior to the conference start time.
• Enter your passcode, followed by the pound (#) sign.
• Your line will be placed on hold with music until the conference call starts.
Written comments and questions can be sent to the GaDOE’s Policy Division via email at or by mail to:
Graduation Rule Input
c/o Georgia Dept of Education Policy Division
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30334
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