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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: February 23, 2018

It’s Friday! “America’s Pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham, passed away this week at age 99. Tributes have poured in. No greater tribute can be paid, in our opinion, than an article by Louisiana’s WAFB.com about his casket. It speaks to his humility: At his request, the casket was built in 2006 by inmates of Lousiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola. The “Alcatraz of the South” is home to Louisiana’s most notorious criminals, but is also home to a renowned prison ministry. “This was a great honor. Because this is a great man of God and he wants … an inmate to build his coffin and get the inmate preachers involved ,and it’s mind-boggling; it sends a… View Article

Friday Facts: February 16, 2018

It’s Friday! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Events February 20: The deadline is today to register for “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 Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), Chairman of the House Budget and Fiscal Oversight Committee. 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. February 26: The Foundation co-sponsors Georgia Justice Day 2018 at the State Capitol, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., highlighting criminal justice reforms,… View Article

Friday Facts: February 9, 2018

It’s Friday! Great news for Georgia and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation! The Foundation was named one of the “Best Independent Think Tanks” in the 2017 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report (page 181). What’s especially significant is that the Foundation is ranked among organizations with much larger budgets. It proves what we tell supporters: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation offers the best bang for your buck, an impressive return on investment. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years. … The vices… View Article

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 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 Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), Chairman of the House Budget and Fiscal Oversight Committee. 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. February 26: The Foundation co-sponsors Georgia Justice Day 2018 at the State Capitol, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., highlighting criminal justice reforms, juvenile justice reforms and removing barriers to re-entry. Find out more here. Quotes of noteGovernment shutting down – partially… View Article

Friday Facts: January 19, 2018

It’s Friday! Events 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 the sport of every wind.” — Thomas Jefferson (1822) “Opportunity is missed by most people because… 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. As you say goodbye to 2017, please consider making a final, year-end tax-deductible contribution to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. We refuse to solicit or accept government funds or grants… 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. 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 “How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few,… View Article

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