Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: August 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Register for Health Connect South by August 31 to obtain the Georgia Public Policy Foundation member discount! September 16: Health Connect South 2015 takes place at the Georgia Aquarium. This amazing daylong program highlights health collaborations and innovations throughout the Southeast, with a special focus on the ebola response. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Public Health and former Chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a featured speaker. And Foundation members who register by August 31 get 20 percent off the registration fee with the promotion code GPPF_HCS02015. Register here. October 15: Early bird deadline! Just one week left to claim your Early Bird Discount for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. The… View Article
Bill Maher recently went on a rant about the sharing economy. Our friends at the Free State Foundation have posted a response: “Bill Maher Does Not Understand the Sharing Economy.” Here are two key points in their rebuttal: The shift from owning to renting benefits consumers with lower incomes: Due to the accountability and transparency that many sharing applications provide about their users, the emergence of trust between individuals to share their goods and services has shifted consumer preferences from owning to renting. People who could not afford to own a house, car, or even a power saw can now more easily rent them from others and ultimately enjoy a higher standard of living than they would have… View Article
<img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6030221446672&amp;cd[value]=0.00&amp;cd[currency]=USD&amp;noscript=1″ />By Michael LaFaive and Kelly McCutchen Did you know that just three public school districts in the state of Georgia contract out transportation services? More than a third of all conventional pubic school districts in Georgia contract out one of the three major non-instructional services, according to survey data collected this summer by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based research institute. The Mackinac Center survey of Georgia and four other states found that 38 percent of Georgia districts contract out for at least one of the “big three” non-instructional services: food, transportation and custodial services. Done right, contracting out can save money and relieve management headaches, too. But Mackinac found a… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted the Foundation’s Benita Dodd in its August 26, 2015 edition (subscription required) in the article, “Education Reform Commission wants more money for poor schools,” by Ty Tagami. Below is the text of the article. Georgia should consider allocating larger proportions of money to school districts with higher numbers of poor students, say people working to overhaul state education law for Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal’s Education Reform Commission has been working since spring to recommend a new approach to everything from the way teachers are paid to school choice. Re-writing the decades old law that distributes state money among school districts was one of the biggest assignments. The current formula, in place since the 1980s, does not… View Article

Georgia Public Policy Foundation Media Policy

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation waives the cost of publications and registration fees for public meetings and events to credentialed members of the media. For media to participate in the Foundation’s public meetings and events or obtain copies of publications, you must be a credentialed member of the media. The Foundation retains the right to grant media passes to print journalists (newspapers, magazine), broadcast journalists (radio or television), wire and news services for redistribution to other news organizations, or online news services (electronic dissemination rather than conventional print and broadcast distribution). The Foundation does not allow journalists to register as media for the purpose of writing a personal blog, or for persons whose news outlet is funded by an individual;… View Article
By Jon Sanders The rhetorical case for renewable energy seems, at its core, to be this: Why rely on traditional sources that burn expensive energy and emit carbon dioxide when you can replace them with energy freely provided by nature that emits nothing? Seems like a slam-dunk. If that were truly the choice, no doubt it would be. But unfortunately, it isn’t. Not even close. Industry advocates know that, which is why they work in concert with friendly politicians and media true believers to make the choice seem that way. Nature, economics, and simple math are their biggest obstacles. Not politics, not irrational hatred of renewable energy, not even donations from bugbear philanthropists. The renewable energy sources (wind and solar) … View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 25, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The amount of conflicting nutrition data out there is enough to give anyone heartburn. Last week I had my annual routine physical exam and was talking to the doctor about my exercise and diet routine. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet: Everybody lies, and every physician knows you’re lying … about how much exercise you’re getting, how much wine you’re drinking and how healthy you’re eating. Three drinks a week? A social smoker? Exercising four days a week? Low-fat, low-salt diet? Laying off the sugar? Lies, lies, lies. Physicians each have a multiplication factor they build into every one of your responses, I’m guessing.… View Article

Policy Forum Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 4!

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION INVITATION August 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org 6th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is Oct. 15; Register By Sept. 4 to Receive Early Bird Discount Early Bird Registration ($100) is open until Friday, September 4 for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Thursday, October 15 at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta.  Don’t miss this exciting daylong event (8 a.m.-3 p.m.), which focuses on educating policy-makers about Georgia-specific solutions that advance economic opportunity in the state. This year, the theme is “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” (from the Georgia state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”). State and national experts will discussing opportunities for Georgia’s workforce, education and health care.  Hosted annually… View Article

Friday Facts: August 21, 2015

It’s Friday! Events October 15: Early Bird Rate applies until September 4 for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. Joining the list of experts: Logan Pike, co-author of the Heartland Institute’s 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card. Register now to attend the event at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate ($100) applies until Friday, September 4. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. Quotes of Note “Putting working traditional power plants out of business and then saddling ratepayers and taxpayers… View Article

What Happened to The ‘Public’ in Public Schools?

By Benita M. Dodd Ashley-Kay Wyatt was a freshman at Brantley County High School in southeastern Georgia when boys happened. Unimpressed by her handling of the transition into the high school, her parents pulled her from Brantley High after one semester. She enrolled in Georgia Cyber Academy, one of the statewide, online, “virtual” public charter schools. Today the 15-year-old 10th-grader, adopted by the Wyatts at age 9, is an honor student. Her counselor at Georgia Cyber Academy says she is “an extraordinary student and has proven to have the maturity needed to be successful with online learning.” Ashley-Kay Wyatt (above) is an “extraordinary student and has proven to have the maturity needed to be successful with online learning,” according to… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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