Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at age 95. Mandela carved out a legacy quite unlike anyone else in the 20th and early 21 Centuries, first as the face and voice of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, then as its elected President when apartheid was abolished and in his later years, as the recognized heart and soul of his nation. Georgia Public Policy Foundation VP Benita Dodd was born and raised in South Africa during apartheid. She offers these thoughts on his remarkable life and legacy.
One by one they came to the podium; the convicted murderer who served 25 years in state prison; now he counsels juveniles before they go to prison. The long-term addict who turned to drugs after relatives sexually abused her when she was less than ten years old; now she counsels women in prison. The former elected official who took money under the table and when his scheme unraveled, he went away to the federal Big House; now he counsels offenders and families. One by one, they came to the podium with nearly the same message: If you want to rehabilitate someone, start early. By Mike Klein
All eyes have been focused on the functionality of the HealthCare.gov website — or the lack thereof — since its launch October 1. But another rolling disaster is underway that is much more significant: Despite the president’s assurances to the contrary, virtually everyone — not just the 15 million Americans with individual policies — will feel the brunt of Obamacare’s sweeping changes. By Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute
Much research has been done over the past few years on the idea of “blended” or “hybrid” learning. Students in these models attend class part of the time, and learn online part of the time. One school in Georgia is taking some of these ideas and trying to create a program that implements a hybrid system in a traditional public school setting. By Eric Wearne
Rick Jackson spent six years in foster care, shuttled through several families, eight elementary and five high schools. None of that deterred Jackson whose Georgia-based company is a leading provider of professional health care staff to the industry. Jackson has become a leading advocate for meaningful foster care reform. This article is an excerpt from his testimony to the Georgia Senate foster care initiative working group, Tuesday, November 12 at the State Capitol. Jackson is also a Department of Community Health board member.
FaithBridge Foster Care is an Alpharetta – based non-profit that believes successful foster care means engaging children where they live with significant community resources. The organization has achieved significant success re-uniting children their families where possible and finding new permanent homes for children who need adoption. This article is an excerpt from FaithBridge President Bill Hancock’s testimony before the Georgia Senate Foster Care Initiative Working Group on November 12 at the State Capitol.
Any meaningful discussion of parents’ preferences in choosing the most appropriate education for their children can take place only in the context of the difficult social and cultural conditions facing elementary and secondary school families in modern America. This article is an excerpt from “More Than Scores: An Analysis of How and Why Parents Choose Private Schools” by James P. Kelly and Benjamin Scafidi.
The popular conception is everyone cares about test scores. This must be true because media is consumed with test score news, politicians endlessly ask about test scores and educators leap through hoops to emphasize scores improved, when sometimes they do improve. But there is one sector that might be less focused on scores: School choice parents. By Foundation Editor Mike Klein
Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd addressed an Environmental Protection Agency listening session on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on October 23 in Atlanta. This is the transcript of her remarks.
(An excerpt from Georgia Supreme Court Associate Justice David Nahmias’ address to the fourth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. Watch his address on the Georgia Public Policy Foundation YouTube channel.) By Justice DAVID NAHMIAS I think we all feel blessedaaa