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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: February 26, 2016

It’s Friday!  Honors: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was honored with a Senate Resolution Tuesday to mark 25 years of serving Georgia with ideas for limited-government, free-market solutions and promoting “policy over politics.” Accepting the honor in the Senate chamber on behalf of the Foundation were two former presidents of the Foundation, Griff Doyle (1993-97) and T. Rogers Wade (1997-2010), who is also Board Chairman; current President Kelly McCutchen (2011-present) and Vice President Benita Dodd (2003-present). View the video here.  The Georgia State Senate passed a resolution commending the Foundation for 25 years of service to Georgia. Then and now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the average cost of a gallon View Article

Friday Facts: February 19, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now Judge Michael P. Boggs (right) chats with attendees after his update on Georgia criminal justice reform at Wednesday’s Leadership Breakfast. My, how we’ve grown: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the Governor’s Commission on Effectiveness and Economy in Government released its second interim report. The Foundation was asking, “Is operating a water park a legitimate function of state government?” By 1996, management of Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Water Park was outsourced. Such questions remains core to our policies.  Events  March 10: Mark your calendar for, “At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging,” an 8 a.m. Foundation Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club with Dr. Matt… View Article

Friday Facts: February 12, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now My, how we’ve grown: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the state’s population was under 6.5 million; today, it’s more than 10 million. Meanwhile, Georgia’s married households declined from 55.2 percent of households in 1990 to 47.9 percent  in 2010.  Events  MONDAY is the deadline to register for, “Georgia Criminal Justice Reform: Looking Ahead, Staying Ahead,” an 8 a.m. Foundation Leadership Breakfast Wednesday, February 17 at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Judge Michael P. Boggs, co-chairman of the Criminal Justice Reform Council. Information here; register here. March 10: Mark your calendar for, “At the Intersection of Education and Aging,” an 8… View Article

Friday Facts: February 5, 2016

It’s Friday!  A REMINDER: Friday Facts made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. Enjoy them? Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking here. Then and Now My, how we’ve grown: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, there were 1,350 public schools in 185 school districts with 1.2 million students and 68,000 teachers, according to federal statistics. The latest data show 181 districts contain more than 2,400 schools, 1.7 million students and 109,000 teachers. The staffing surge is even more remarkable at the administration level, as Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi points out here.  Events  February 17: Register now for, “… View Article

Friday Facts: January 29, 2016

It’s Friday!  Celebrating National School Choice Week at the Foundation’s event Wednesday are (from left) Foundation President Kelly McCutchen, education innovator Mike Davis, State Rep. Mike Dudgeon and State Sen. Hunter Hill. Then and Now Did you know? In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, there were 7.5 million cellphone users across the nation. One year later, the number surpassed 10 million and the first commercial text message was sent. This year, smartphone users in the United States are expected to surpass 207.2 million; by 2015, text messages were at 169.3 billion a year in the United States! It’s why we’ll be launching our new Web site soon!  Events February 17: Register now… View Article

Friday Facts: January 22, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now Did you know? In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, according to one advertisement (May 1991), a business-class 386/33 personal computer with 4MB of RAM, a 200MB hard disk and 14-inch display sold for $4,299 ($7,544 in today’s dollars). A similarly-equipped 486-33 was $7,699, or $13,511 today. Source: ZDNET.com  Events  January 27: MONDAY is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s annual National School Choice Week celebration. Join Georgia State Sen. Hunter Hill, State Rep. Mike Dudgeon and education innovator Mike Davis for “Georgia Education: Reforms and Recommendations,” a Leadership Breakfast 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 27 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public.… View Article

Friday Facts January 15, 2016

It’s Friday! Then and Now Did you know? In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, Gov. Zell Miller led the Legislature to approve a lottery for Georgia, with proceeds funding special programs, including his HOPE Scholarship for college and technical-school students, pre-K programs and educational technology. This week, the nation saw the highest PowerBall jackpot ever: $1.6 billion.  Events January 27: Georgia State Sen. Hunter Hill, State Rep. Mike Dudgeon and education innovator Mike Davis are panelists at the Foundation’s annual National School Choice Week celebration. Register now for, “Georgia Education: Reforms and Recommendations,” a Leadership Breakfast 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 27 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This panel discussion is open to… View Article

Friday Facts: January 8, 2016

It’s Friday! Happy New Year! The Foundation celebrates 25 years in Georgia in 2016. All year, we’ll mark this milestone anniversary with a “Then and Now” Friday Facts category! Then and Now Did you know? In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the nation’s eighth-largest airline had shut down after failing to recover from a crippling 1989 union strike. About 10,000 Atlantans lost their jobs; more than two-thirds were employees at Eastern’s Atlanta flight hub. Events January 27: Georgia State Sen. Hunter Hill, State Rep. Mike Dudgeon and Great Teachers’ Academy executive director Mike Davis are panelists at the Foundation’s annual National School Choice Week celebration. Register now for, “Georgia Education: Reforms View Article

Friday Facts: December 18, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note The Georgia State Capitol was all decked out for Christmas when Kelly McCutchen visited! “To the Founders, free speech was indispensable. How could the people choose among candidates or public policies if debate were not free? As Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.’ Today, this view no longer holds for many. Students silence those with views they deem unacceptable, often encouraged by a complicit faculty and a craven administration.” – David Tucker, “Stand Up for Free Speech on National Bill of Rights Day”  “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he… View Article

Friday Facts: December 11, 2015

It’s Friday! ICYMI: On December 5, we sent you some great news about results at the Foundation. If you missed it, you can read it here. Quotes of Note “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson  “The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.” – Benjamin Franklin “‘Can you assure the boys and girls of this country that NORAD and the Air Force… 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.

Dan Amos, CEO, AFLAC more quotes