Category: The Forum

MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Make no mistake about it, a deeper trench in the Savannah River harbor and channel is a really big deal to ensure that Georgia’s port remains globally competitive, but when you look down the road just a few years there is an even more critical strategic priority: building a completely new port. The proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal would be constructed in South Carolina on land owned by Georgia and it would benefit from the new deeper Savannah River access to the Atlantic Ocean, and the world. “We have stated many times that we need to deepen the harbor here at Savannah, we need to deepen the harbor at Charleston and we… View Article

Friday Facts: June 27, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until some one is asked to pay the bill.” – Calvin Coolidge “[T]hinking that more federal aid will make college affordable is like believing that a dog can catch its tail if it goes faster. One reason colleges charge so much more today is that federal aid makes it easier for students to cover the bill. The more the government does, the less reason students have to demand cost control, and the higher tuition will climb.” – Steve Chapman  “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Events Today: Dinesh D’Souza’s latest movie, “America …… View Article
By Lindsey Burke Erika Hartley has two sons with Autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family. “If you’ve met one child with Autism,” she says, “You’ve met one child with Autism.” Fortunately, for her sons, Hunter, 11, and Jackson, 7, they live in Arizona, home to the first-in-the-nation education savings accounts. ESAs enable Hunter and Jackson attend Pieceful Solutions, a school that specializes in teaching children with special needs. The Hartleys can use any money left over after tuition for private tutoring, books, educational therapies and to pay for other education-related services and products. Now, some families in Florida will have access to this innovative approach to… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 25, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Have You Registered for the Foundation’s July 10 Macon event? Atlanta – Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Macon on Thursday, July 10 to celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day, which marks the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. The Policy Briefing Luncheon takes place at noon at Macon’s Idle Hour Country Club and is keynoted by Georgia’s foremost education expert, Dr. Ben Scafidi, a professor of economics and director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College & State University. This event is open to the public; your $30 registration includes lunch. Register online by Tuesday, July 8, at http://bit.ly/1hGJkJX. Dr.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 24, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD My pet peeve when I visit the doctor’s office is waiting. I arrive on time. Then I wait. I don’t touch the magazines – I mean, sick people visit the doctor’s office! I play with the iPad. I text. I attempt to diagnose patients’ ailments and personalities. Most of all, I seethe. I know that if I made the doctor wait for me, I’d lose my place in line and they wouldn’t accommodate me. And if I didn’t turn up at all, they’d charge me for the missed appointment. Making me wait, I feel, is a sign of disrespect and disregard for my time. Is my time not… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Georgia has published its foster care privatization pilot project request for proposals and a couple conclusions seem possible: Newcomers to child welfare service need not apply and it seems possible a long time could pass before any final decision about whether to privatize services provided to vulnerable children. The RFP published on a state website indicates initial contracts would be for one year, renewable for another four years, and applicants are required to estimate costs through June 30, 2019. The state will hire at least one but not more than two organizations to manage foster care in two service regions. The so-called “lead agency” will coordinate foster care service with sub-agencies… View Article

Friday Facts: June 20, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note  “[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788 “It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final.… View Article

Education Excellence Can’t Be Achieved From Above

By Jason Bedrick Education in America in the 21st century is moving away from the standardization of the Industrial Era and toward greater customization. As parents increasingly tailor their children’s education through course choice, scholarship tax credits, education savings accounts, homeschooling, online and blending learning, and so on, top-down accountability schemes will become increasingly untenable. As our education system becomes more decentralized and complex, the locus of accountability should shift from government to parents. The best form of accountability is directly to parents who are empowered to choose the education providers that meet their children’s needs—and leave those that do not. Since low-income families often cannot afford anything besides their assigned district school, the government school system has had to… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Anyone of a certain generation – yeah, that would be my generation – will recognize that famous line from “Cool Hand Luke,” the 1967 film about southern prison warden Strother Martin and his young prisoner Paul Newman. Eight little words strung together became one of the most famous lines ever spoken in American film history. “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” could also describe the failure by thirteen states to measure juvenile recidivism, including three of Georgia’s southern neighbors.  Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky do not measure and report juvenile recidivism rates. Therefore, they do not have cumulative data about how often… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Federal juvenile justice officials have noticed Georgia’s aggressive reforms and must like what they see because Washington is offering to pony up hundreds of thousands of new dollars to help the state implement ongoing juvenile reforms. On Monday the U.S. Justice Department said it could make up to $600,000 available this year, with similar offers in Hawaii and Kentucky. The announcement said implementation grant funds would be used “to strengthen diversion and community-based options that will reduce their out-of-home population, avert millions of dollars in otherwise anticipated correctional spending, reduce recidivism and protect public safety. OJJDP applauds the efforts of Hawaii, Kentucky and Georgia and is committed to supporting states that… View Article

When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!

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