HALIFAX- A Brookfield man will join a former lieutenant governor and four other Nova Scotians to identify what residents think needs to be done to strengthen the public education system.
Mike Henderson will sit on the panel led by Myra Freeman as they seek public opinion on what is working with public education and what needs improvement.
Education and Early Development Minister Karen Casey announced the panel members on Feb. 19.
"There has not been a comprehensive review of education in 25 years and a lot has changed," Casey said in a news release "Government is committed to a new direction for the public education system.
"This review is the first step to doing that. I encourage all Nova Scotians to give the panel their thoughts on how to improve public education. We want people to be part of the changes ahead for education."
The other panelists are: Tina Dixon, Bear River, Digby Co.; Kyle Hill, Toronto, formerly of Yarmouth; Gordon MacInnis, Glace Bay; and Donna O'Connell, Pugwash, Cumberland Co.
"The panel brings a wealth of experience to the process," Freeman, also in a news release. She was lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia from 2000 to 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher. "We are eager to begin talking to Nova Scotians to see what they think is working and what we can improve."
The panel begins the process of reviewing the education system that will look at many components, from curriculum to technology to student outcomes, and how to better adapt the education system to ensure success of all students in the changing environment.
A partners' advisory group will assist the panel. It will consist of a diverse group of organizations and educational partners, including those representing teachers, school boards, universities, African Nova Scotians, Mi'kmaq, Acadians, youth and business.
A Minister's Action Plan on Education will be developed that will reflect the input of Nova Scotians during the consultation period.
"The review may provide both short-term and long-term direction, and some changes to public education may be implemented as soon as the 2014-15 school year," Casey said.