Category: The Forum

Innovations High School provides an vision of what could be the future of education. Innvations is a public school located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Much like the career academy model here in Georgia, students can take classes at Innovations while they are enrolled and participate in extracurricular activities in one of the other four high schools in the school district. They are co-located with a community college, where there students also take classes. With Georgia’s leadership in career academies and digital learning, this could be an interested model for Georgia school systems to consider.   In the video below, Innovation’s principal Kenneth Groover describes the unique attributes of the school. Some background from their web site: As a student-centered… View Article
NEWS RELEASE July 29, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org EPA Carbon Regulations ‘Bad for Georgia,’ Says Foundation President Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, made the following remarks at today’s Stop the EPA Power Grab Rally organized by Americans for Prosperity outside the Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta. The Environmental Protection Agency is holding two days of hearings in Atlanta on its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. My name is Kelly McCutchen and I’m president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. We are a nonpartisan research organization that analyzes public policy. We have analyzed this public policy and have concluded that it is bad for Georgia. The… View Article

Friday Facts: July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 It’s Friday!  Radio talk-show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain joins an exciting lineup of speakers at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Sept. 19, hosted by the Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute! Current plans include his keynote speech and a live broadcast of his program from the venue, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. Reserve your seat today for an informative day of free-market policy ideas with a theme linked to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, “Tearing Down Walls.” For information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/WFmqJz. Another Forum keynote speaker, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, co-authors an op-ed this week with Jeb Bush in The Wall Street… View Article
The July 19, 2014, Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Benita Dodd on mass transit in Clayton County. By Benita M. Dodd By all accounts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is operating infinitely more responsibly and responsively and, for that, CEO Keith Parker and a largely sensible MARTA board deserve credit. Unfortunately, that and the flimsy prospect of MARTA rail service for Clayton County hardly justify adding a penny to Clayton’s sales tax for MARTA to operate its mass transit. There’s that famous saying: “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Many Clayton workers have struggled with public transportation since the 2010 shutdown of C-Tran service. Remember why it shut down? That was the result of… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 22, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD In case you missed it: There were two rulings today regarding the Affordable Care Act. In the biggest ruling yet to affect ObamaCare, a District of Columbia appeals court panel ruled 2-1 in Halbig v. Burwell that the Obama administration and the Internal Revenue Service were wrong in extending subsidies to enrollees in federally run health exchanges. This is critical because 36 states decided not to establish a state exchange. Without the subsidies, health care is suddenly not so “affordable” to millions. Congratulations to Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon (read his Forbes article on the significance of this ruling) and his colleague, Jonathan Adler, for establishing the foundation… View Article

North Carolina’s Conservative Reforms and Business

This commentary by Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation, was published in the July 2014 edition of Carolina Journal. By Becki Gray Before an entrepreneur considers whether to expand his business or move to a new location, he typically goes through a checklist that includes most, if not all, of these items: • Cost of living and quality of life • Tax burden • Reasonable regulations, preferably including right-to-work laws • Skilled local work force • Well-maintained roads and bridges, reasonable traffic congestion • Natural beauty, perhaps with easy access to mountains or beaches • Easy access to urban hubs and cultural amenities • Low energy costs Fortunately, any business looking at North Carolina can… View Article

Friday Facts: July 18, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “For nearly 40 years, it’s pretty much been all reform, all the time for the nation’s public school students, teachers, and parents. Many of the children whose schools were supposed to be revolutionized by America 2000 in 1990 now have the chance to see their own children’s education revolutionized by Common Core. Nothing can stop the impulse to reform our nation’s public schools. For professional policymakers, it is the itch they just can’t scratch.” – Andrew Ferguson “Today many people in America slavishly devote themselves to a political party without engaging in critical analysis of whether the philosophies of that party are really in sync with their true values and with the betterment of their… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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