Category: The Forum

2010 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

Speaker bios Pictures from the program Agenda and Video: Background materials and presentations are listed under each panel. Video from the event is posted below. Welcome: David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and Rep. Edward Lindsey, Chairman, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute. Breakfast keynote: Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, “The Power of Digital Learning for Georgia and the Country.” Introduced by Rep. Kathy Ashe. Conservative Budgeting: Less is more What innovative practices are state and local governments using to adjust to the “new normal” of lower tax revenues and budget shortfalls? Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform, Reason Foundation; Moderator:… View Article

Friday Facts: November 19th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Quotable – “[Legislators] like to control money and we like to control where children go [to school]. I think we need to break that mold. Whether it’s home school, charter school, virtual charter school, we have it in our Constitution to ensure that every child gets a quality education.” – Georgia State Representative Alisha Morgan – “President Obama was in India yesterday visiting our jobs. Tomorrow he goes to China to visit our money.” – Jay Leno   What’s happening at the Foundation – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the second annual Education Reform Conference on December 3 at theMarriott City Center Hotel & Centreplex in Macon. This year’s conference… View Article

Friday Facts: November 19th, 2010

It’s Friday!  Quotable – “The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes [and] delegated to that government certain definite powers and whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. … The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution the measure of its powers.”  … View Article

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Sticks With Business Leader To Run Nation’s Largest Public School System

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made billions in business, is absolutely consistent about whom he thinks should run the city’s public school system:  Business people.   Bloomberg proved that again Tuesday when he chose former Hearst magazines Chairwoman Cathleen P. Black to succeed Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving New York City schools for a job as executive vice president at News Corporation, the media goliath owned by Rupert Murdoch. New York City is the nation’s largest school system.  It has a $23 billion annual budget, 135,000 employees and some 1 million students.  That $23 billion annual budget is more than three times greater than the Georgia Department of Education’s $7.4 billion operating budget this fiscal year. Klein… View Article
By Eric Tresh Communications service providers offer voice, video and Internet access services to customers throughout Georgia. These services are provided by a number of different types of companies using a variety of broadband technologies. For example, telecommunications, satellite and Internet companies now offer video programming service. In addition, cable providers often have subsidiaries that provide voice services and a number of companies use the Internet to provide audio and video conferencing services. These services all benefit consumers and enhance productivity throughout the state. In addition to the benefits for consumers, broadband services are significant drivers of Georgia’s economy. Broadband providers invest hundreds of millions of dollars each year into Georgia’s economy, creating jobs and enhancing infrastructure. While technology has… View Article

Friday Facts: November 5th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Notable It’s not too late to register for the Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Saturday, Nov. 13. This daylong event features dozens of national and statewide experts on the top issues facing the state’s elected officials. Don’t miss a day of dynamic speakers and innovative ideas, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute. Click here and reserve your spot now! Keynote speakers are former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise on, “The Power of Digital Learning for Georgia and the Country,” and the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore on, “How to Make Georgia the Most Economically Competitive State in the Nation.” Find out more here: http://tinyurl.com/2cmyy3x. Quotable – “Removing the snake… View Article

Value-Added in NYC

Last week NYC Chancellor Joel Klein proposed publishing individual teachers' value-added data, L.A. Times-style. Current teacher evaluation systems do not take student achievement into account. That's a given.  Value-added models (VAM), which attempt to measure how much of an effect individual teachers have on students' test scores are potentially very useful as part of a re-worked teacher evaluation system. These data could be useful for promotion, dismissal and other reward decisions. But there are some items that should be discussed more often up front: First, to calculate a VAM score, a teacher has to teach a class to which a standardized test is attached. In Georgia, as in many states, that means that a VAM could only touch somewhere… View Article

Repeal or Replace? How About New Ideas?

Health care needs reform and the American people have now clearly indicated what passed Congress last year is not what they want. Rather than gridlock, let's try to find better answers. Our Senior Fellow John Goodman is full of them in his blog post today: As I explained at Kaiser Health News the other day, in thinking about what can be done, it’s helpful to review who won and lost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The big winners under the bill passed last spring are most (but certainly not all) of the 32 million newly insured plus some people with high health care costs. Let’s generously peg that at 50 million. The other 250 million are going to… View Article

Schools Should Look to Online Options Before Cutting Foreign Language and AP Courses

Tom Vander Ark writes that online offerings can help schools address tight budgets without reducing course options for students. The Georgia Virtual School run by the Georgia Department of Education offers 22 AP classes and six foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Latin. Some districts are cutting subjects like foreign language. EdWeek points to a WI example. ”According to a recent study, schools across the nation are doing the same—eliminating foreign language instruction and undermining a skill that economists and educators agree is one of the most overlooked but essential navigation skills in a global economy.” One of the benefits of online learning is that states and districts can expand offerings and save money. Every district should… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been doing important work for the free enterprise movement for the past 20 years.  I can assure you from the vantage of a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. with much the same principles as GPPF that the work we do simply would not be possible if it were not for the important work that GPPF does.  We see it, we understand it, it is an inspiration to us, it is the kind of thing that will translate into the important work that we can do in Washington, D.C.  We thank you very much for that.

Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute (2011) more quotes