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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: February 2, 2018

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed. And I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you, in the pleasing though arduous task of ensuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect, from a free and equal government.” – George Washington, from his First State of the Union, 1790 “You don’t need government calling the shots to bring meaningful reforms, and you certainly don’t need the government taking over health care the way Warren Buffett says he’d prefer. What you need are private companies experimenting with solutions, competing for consumer dollars, and reaping… View Article

Friday Facts: January 26, 2018

It’s Friday! Events The Georgia winners of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) national school choice video contest were honored at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s January 23 Leadership Breakfast celebrating National School Choice Week. Wearing the trademark yellow School Choice Week “woobie” are, from left, Ryan Mahoney and Adam Peshek of ExcelinEd, Grand Prize winner Cabral Clements, People’s Choice winner Damacia Howard, and Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd. February 20: “Pension Solvency and Public Education: The Case for Reforming Georgia Teacher Pensions,” a Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, February 20. Speakers are Len Gilroy, Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project and Director of Government Reform at Reason Foundation, and Georgia State… View Article

Friday Facts: January 19, 2018

It’s Friday! Events Today’s the deadline to register for the Foundation’s school choice celebration on Tuesday! Register here. January 23: Today is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s first event of 2018 on Tuesday, January 23. About 32,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. Keynote speaker Dr. Ben Scafidi will unveil his new study, “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of note “Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is… View Article

Friday Facts: January 12, 2018

It’s Friday! Events January 23: The deadline is January 19 to register for the Foundation’s first event of 2018 on Tuesday, January 23. More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. Keynote speaker Dr. Ben Scafidi will unveil his new study, “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of note “When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him, Diogenes is said to have replied: ‘Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun.’ It is… View Article

Friday Facts: January 5, 2018

It’s Friday! Happy New Year! On a personal note: Hearty congratulations to Rogers Wade, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, who has been named to the Georgia Trend 2018 Most Influential Hall of Fame. It’s a tossup whether he’s more excited about the Georgia Trend honor or the fact that his beloved Georgia Bulldogs head to the National Championships against Alabama on Monday!  Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. The keynote speaker is Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi; the topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia View Article

Friday Facts: December 29, 2017

It’s Friday! It’s the FINAL Friday of the year. It’s the FINAL Georgia Public Policy Foundation Friday Facts of 2017. And, it’s the FINAL time you’ll see Kelly McCutchen sign off on the Friday Facts. After being at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation since 1993 (the past seven years at its helm), he’s moving on to become executive director of HINRI. He will continue as a Senior Fellow at the Foundation. As you say goodbye to 2017, feel free to send a farewell note to Kelly at KMcCutchen@Georgiapolicy.org. Giants of Georgia’s liberty movement: Larry Reed, president of the Atlanta-based Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), greets Kelly McCutchen at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation… View Article

Friday Facts: December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 It’s Friday! FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. If you enjoy the FRIDAY FACTS, please consider making a tax-deductible, year-end contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking here. Kelly McCutchen, president of the Foundation, shown here with Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute of Colorado and Ross Mason at a State Policy Network conference, will leave the Foundation at the end of the year to work with Ross Mason at HINRI. Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. The keynote speaker… View Article

Friday Facts: December 15, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. The keynote speaker is Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi; the topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of note “Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right.” – Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism” (1709) “Wise men and fools alike, in varying style, Rush into print, and still, midst books galore, The world grows ever older and more… View Article

Friday Facts: December 8, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will celebrate with a Leadership Breakfast keynoted by Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi, 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. The topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” $30. Register here. Quotes of note “Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.” – Plato “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams “The name of American, which… View Article

Friday Facts: December 1, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will celebrate with a Leadership Breakfast keynoted by Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi, 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. The topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” $30. Details to follow. From the archives: Three consecutive presidents of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation show off the original shingle that hung at the Foundation’s first offices. Left to right: Kelly McCutchen, Rogers Wade and Griff Doyle. A personal note: The Foundation announced this week that President and CEO Kelly McCutchen will be leaving after nearly 25 years, the past seven spent at the… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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