Kirk Shook Appointed as New Head of GNPEC

From the Union Recorder:

Kirk Shook– Director, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Kirk Shook is a Georgia educator with over a decade of experience in the classroom. In 2014, he was chosen by the State Board of Education to work on the Statewide Social Studies Resource Committee, and in 2015 as a member of the Working Committee that revised the state academic standards in Economics. Shook was one of three finalists for Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year in 2016. Kirk and his wife Miriam live in Athens with their dogs, Lucy and Libby.

“To enhance educational outcomes for Georgia students, we need to empower experienced educators and put students first,” said Governor Kemp. “I know Kirk will put his knowledge and passion to work for our state’s most treasured asset – our children.”

This is welcome news, hopefully the GNPEC with new leadership will look into reducing the waiting times for prospective schools becoming authorized to operate in the state of Georgia.

Waiting 3-6 months to go thru the authorization process, is senseless, and stymies innovation and in effect, ‘chills’ the innovators in future education in this state.  We are advocating for a larger budget for GNPEC, with the addition of at least 2 more regulatory specialists to tackle the tough job GNPEC is required to do based on congressional legislation in effect since 1990.

God Speed to Kirk Shook!

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