Category: Education

Mike KleinEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein As this year’s school days were ending one of Provost Academy Georgia’s online students wrote a note saying, “I have never been this happy in all my years of growing up. I need more positive adults like you in my life.” The student who wrote that note lives on her own and plans to attend college. “We are really, truly, saving lives,” says Provost Superintendent Monica Henson. Provost Academy Georgia is also growing up. This summer Provost is expected to change its relationship with Edison Learning, the national organization that incubated Provost for two years. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Centers name will disappear in favor of new branding. Provost… View Article
(Editor’s Note: Michael Horn is co-founder and Executive Editor for Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute.  This article about South Korea and Vietnam education is an excerpt from the author’s presentation at the ASU / GSV Education Innovation summit.  Watch here!) Michael HornClayton Christensen Institute By Michael Horn As some of you know I had the opportunity on an Eisenhower Fellowship to spend a little over a month in Vietnam and Korea looking at their education systems and getting to ask the question, what role is disruptive innovation already playing in these education systems to create a more student-centered, personalized learning system?  Secondly, if there wasn’t much going on, what could disruptive innovation do to accelerate these countries toward… View Article

Time to Restructure Testing?

By Kelly McCutchen  KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time.   Without a doubt, testing has a vital and necessary role in education. Why else would private schools test their students even though it is not mandated? When used appropriately, testing analyzes strengths and weaknesses, gaps in knowledge and progress toward the ultimate goal of graduation and success. In a perfect world, the results inform educators who then use that information to improve how they teach.   The current testing regime,… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Matt Candler tinkers.  His current tinkering includes building an electric motorcycle.   So when Candler discusses public schools it should not be a surprise when he says traditional schools are so far outdated that reform should be bypassed for complete reinvention. “We are riding a horse and we are having arguments about whether we should change the color of the saddle or whether we should use a different type of leather for the harness,” says Candler, who has worked to help New Orleans reinvent public education after Hurricane Katrina.  “Every other country is building rockets and cars and things that move much faster.  This to me is an argument for not talking… View Article
By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Many Georgia kids will spend more time in public school classrooms next year which shows what a difference $500 million can make when you spread it around.   Governor Nathan Deal was clearly pleased about the prospect of fewer furlough days and more school days when he spoke to a sizable Minority Business RoundTable meeting Thursday afternoon in Cobb County. Deal said “almost all” public school systems “have gone back and revisited school calendars that they already set for next year and in doing so most of them are able to remove the furlough days.  They’re able to go back to 180 days of education and in some of the systems they… View Article

Education and Innovation in New Orleans

(Below are excerpts from an article published on April 8, 2014 by Tom Vander Ark’s on the blog, Getting Smart. The educational success story of New Orleans is the subject of our upcoming Leadership Breakfast on April 24 featuring native Atlantan, Matt Candler, CEO of 4.0 Schools. Matt and his organization are referenced several times in the article.) The first Maker Faire in New Orleans was held over the weekend. It was hosted by a new school incubated by 4.0 Schools and New Schools New Orleans (NSNO)– Bricolage Academy. Matt Candler, founder of 4.0 Schools, said the event represents an important proof point that the New Orleans education story is about much more than recovery or making… View Article

School Choice Increases Property Values

A recent study concludes that school choice increases local property values, says Ashley Bateman of the Heartland Institute. Looking at New York City, student performance increased with the expansion of charter schools. Not only did graduation rates rise, but net income and housing demand in those neighborhoods also increased. In all, the authors found that the opening of a new charter school led to a 3.7 percent increase in home prices in the same zip code, just a year later. From 2006 to 2012, graduation rates increased 11.3 percent, leading to a $37.1 billion increase in residential housing values. The addition of charter schools created more than $22 billion in housing value increases. John Merrifield, senior fellow at the National… View Article
New data demonstrates that there is no link between state education spending and student outcomes, says Andrew Coulson, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. Comparing academic performance with state spending is an incredibly valuable way to measure the efficacy of education policies. Looking at academic performance on a national scale, the results are not good. Seventeen year olds’ performance has been stagnant since 1970 across all subjects, despite K-12 education costs tripling. Unfortunately, similar data at the state level has been very difficult to come by. Spending data exists for the last 50 years, but it is scattered across various publications. Academic data, on the other hand, is even more difficult to find, as it is either… View Article

Education Savings Accounts

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has produced several papers on Education Savings Accounts: What are ESAs and how do they work? Click here to read “The Way of the Future: Education Savings Accounts for Every American Family.” How do parents use ESAs? Click here to read “The Education Debit Card: What Arizona Parents Purchase with Education Savings Accounts.” Are families happy with ESAs? Click here to read “Schooling Satisfaction: Arizona Parents’ Opinions on Using Education Savings Accounts.”  … View Article

Video: Opportunity and Attainment of the American Dream

Lisa Kelly at 2014 GPPF Annual Dinner.By Mike Klein By Mike Klein The word is out:  Georgia should expand its incredibly successful but seriously underfunded tax credit scholarship program that enables parents to select a private school education for their kids, in part funded by Georgians who contribute tax dollars to support educational choice. Unfortunately, too few Georgia parents have choice because the program is capped at $58 million.  Applications for next year credits hit the limit in January. An effort to increase the tax cap limit fizzled in this year’s Legislature. “I work in an area that is all about opportunity and attainment of the American Dream,” says Lisa Kelly, co-founder and President of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program.… View Article

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