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      School leaders meet for education advancement

      Senator Freddie Powell Sims of District 12, Senator Dean Burke and other state officials are holding an education summit at Darton.The state leaders are meeting with school superintendents from around the state to discuss issues and concerns about public education.Georgia school systems have had significant cuts in funding over the years. Concerned superintendents say they want some of their funding back.Tift County Superintendent Patrick Atwater brought up the first concern stating that there is a decline in what students get at home and its affecting the school system.He says school systems are spending additional time defending themselves against the off campus activities of students.After that meeting, at least 200 educators, parents, and community leaders showed up to Thursday's education forum.Community members were able to address their concerns about local school systems.They had the opportunity to address state leaders in an open discussion.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!