Category: The Forum

The Worst Health Care Plan in the Nation? Medicaid

"Medicaid is arguably the worst health care program in the country," says Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner. "Recipients are promised a long list of benefits, but doctors who participate in the program are paid so little, and the paperwork is so onerous, that many can afford to see only a few Medicaid patients. As a result, patients flood to hospital emergency rooms where — if they wait long enough — they eventually will be seen. Many have only routine health complaints that easily could have been handled in a doctor's office. A study by the National Center for Health Statistics found that Medicaid recipients were more likely to have multiple emergency room visits in a year than… View Article

The Parent Trigger, Online Education and Charter Schools

While students in many developed nations have been learning more and more over time, American 15-year-olds are stuck in the middle of the pack in many fundamental areas, including reading and math. Yet the United States is near the top in education spending. In her essay "Losing the Brains Race," Veronique de Rugy clearly shows the failure of throwing money at our education system. Instead, she proposes more choice and innovation: "In long-suffering California, a bipartisan coalition is supporting a new response to such irrational practices: the “parent trigger,” which allows fed-up parents whose children are in a consistently underperforming school to quickly change the school’s leadership. By signing a petition, parents can force reorganization of a school’s… View Article

Friday Facts: February 25th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – March 1: Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Concord Coalition for the Fiscal Solutions Tour at 5 p.m. on March 1 at Kennesaw State University. The Fiscal Solutions Tour is a discussion of potential solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges, featuring David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and Founder and current President and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. There is no charge for our members. Find out more here: www.gppf.org/default.asp?pt=eventdescr&EI=77. – March 5: Register now to hear school choice champion Jay Greene, author of “Education Myths,” keynote a Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for an… View Article

Joel Klein on Digital Learning

Education Week features a recent interview with former New York City Chancellor Joel Klein, who is now heading the education division of News Corp. Here are excerpts:   The education division's guiding principle is that we've got to change from a 20th century–or even late 19th century–model of classroom instruction to a more individualized, differentiated model. We've got immense new opportunities to do this now. Much, much more digitized content is available today than was ever the case before. Technology and digitization offer a very powerful way to supplement a teacher's delivery of instruction with multiple modalities. We're seeing this now at School of One, Rocketship Academies, Carpe Diem in Arizona…and global models that are moving in this direction.… View Article

Tax Foundation releases latest state/local tax burden rankings

Georgia’s state and local tax burden ranks 32nd highest, according to the Tax Foundation’s latest report. North Carolina ranked 16th highest, Florida was just above Georgia at 31 and the remaining southern states ranked lower than Georgia. For nearly two decades the Tax Foundation has published an estimate of the combined state-local tax burden shouldered by the residents of each of the 50 states. For each state, we calcu­late the total amount paid by the residents in taxes, then divide those taxes by the state's total income to compute a "tax burden." We make this calculation not only for the most recent year but also for earlier years because tax and income data are revised periodically by govern­ment agencies.… View Article

Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success

Issue Analysis Full Speed Ahead:  Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success By Dean Alford   Proposal The Move On When Ready concept was designed around high expectations for eleventh and twelfth grade students, engaging them in college or career pathways of personal interest. It provides for an early introduction to college-level work which will produce better student achievement results, higher graduation rates, and most importantly, help prepare Georgia students to be competitive in the global economy.   This proposal is designed to broaden the Move On When Ready Act by adding two additional components: mandatory COMPASS testing for all high school sophomores and the development of the College and Career Academy.   COMPASS is a computer adaptive test… View Article

Friday Facts: February 18th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – March 1: Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Concord Coalition for the Fiscal Solutions Tour at 5 p.m. on March 1 at Kennesaw State University. The Fiscal Solutions Tour is a discussion of potential solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges, featuring David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and Founder and current President and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Find out more here: www.gppf.org/default.asp?pt=eventdescr&EI=77. – March 5: Register now to hear school choice champion Jay Greene, author of “Education Myths,” keynote a Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for an Educated Georgia. The cost to attend is… View Article

Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success

Commentary: Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success By Dean Alford Our "flat" world is a global economy in which other nations race to surpass American dominance in every area, including higher education. The competition is rapidly intensifying, the stakes are enormous and the implications are sobering. Countries including India and China (which just surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy) are measuring their economic futures by the scope of their investment in education. Today's measure of power is no longer a simple matter of military might but is rooted in a country’s ambition and plan to educate its youth. Today's children are tomorrow’s highly skilled 21st-century workforce that will steer a nation’s fortunes. Yet Americans… View Article

New Study Shows Income Tax Rate Could Go to 4% or Lower Immediately

Georgia could have a flat income tax with a rate of 4 percent — or lower — immediately, according to a new study by Georgia State University. The Tax Reform Council's final report was missing several numbers, causing conservative and liberal groups to react negatively to the proposal. Conservatives argued that phasing in the tax rate reductions over three years and possibly starting as high as 5 percent, was a massive tax increase. Liberals argued that the tax reduction was not enough to offset sales tax increases on low- and middle-income families and senior citizens. Now the missing numbers have been filled in. Although the numbers are still not disaggregated, these new estimates include a $2,000 exemption for dependents… View Article

Friday Facts: February 11th, 2011

It’s Friday! Join our Forum!  If you like the Friday Facts, you’ll love the Foundation’s interactive online community, The Forum. This week, editor Mike Klein wrote on The Forum that the state unemployment insurance trust fund is “worse than broke.” Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/5rhdlab. Klein also reported that President Obama wants to give states a two-year-waiver on federal interest payments and penalties on their unemployment benefits loans – and he wants to more than double the amount of employee wages subject to unemployment taxes. Read more here: http:/tinyurl.com/4kgrsoyRegister and join the discussion today! Events – Mark your calendar: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Concord Coalition will co-host the Fiscal Solutions Tour at 5… View Article

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