WCHS students Wilson and Qualls attend SCOPE event

by | April 17, 2017 6:12 am

White County High School students Megan Wilson and Madison Qualls recently traveled to Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, to attend the 35th Student Congress on Policies in Education.

On March 7, 2017, Qualls and Wilson joined approximately 250 of their fellow high school peers from across Tennessee. This event is an opportunity for high school students to express their views on public education in Tennessee and finding solutions to topics discussed during the event.

The participating students get the opportunity to have mock school board sessions. In these sessions, students assume the roles of school board members, superintendents, and educational leaders.

Students were divided into 16 small groups, and each group selected a speaker. The speakers represented their groups in full-scale debates on several education topics.

This year, the SCOPE event focused on four topics. The topics were if the ACT should be substituted for end-of-course exams, if all high schools should offer at least 20 percent of classroom instruction online, if every student should have an individual education program, and if a student discipline council should be organized to handle minor student offenses.

Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, stated that he was very proud of Wilson and Qualls for representing White County.

The Tennessee School Boards Association uses SCOPE as an opportunity to hear from students about the future direction of the school systems.

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