Teacher preparation pilot program to launch in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia
Department of Education officials say the state has been chosen to
launch a pilot educator training program.

In a release Wednesday,
officials said Georgia has been chosen as one of seven states to launch
the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation, a two-year program
focused on helping new teachers begin preparing children for college and
the workforce.

The program is focused on strengthening teacher
licensing standards, improving teacher training and streamlining data
collection processes regarding Georgia's education workforce.

Officials
say the program will be launched with the help of several state
agencies. Among them are the University System of Georgia and the
Professional Standards Commission — which licenses teachers in Georgia.

State School Superintendent John Barge says his department is honored to be chosen to help pilot the program.