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At today’s Georgia Public Policy Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon in Atlanta, Reason Foundation Transportation Policy Analyst and Foundation Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum unveiled his new study, “Practical Strategies for Increasing Mobility in Georgia.” The PowerPoint presentation used at the event can be downloaded here: http://www.georgiapolicy.org/ftp_files/Increasing%20Mobility%20in%20Atlanta.pdf The full Reason Foundation study is available here: http://reason.org/files/atlanta_transportation_plan.pdf YouTube Video from the Foundation leadership luncheon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFDjWf3SW3o&feature=c4-verview&list=UU4uOlfbFbDHf2h6wCgOEDxQ YouTube Video: Feigenbaum discusses bus rapid transit:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhzGbcEhfJI&feature=c4-overview&list=UU4uOlfbFbDHf2h6wCgOEDxQ View Article
By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation It is somewhat understandable that the Atlanta highway system was built like a wheel with the city at the center and interstates fanning out from the core.  Think about our regional rail lines as they existed before and after the Civil War:  a few rail lines primarily destined for Terminus as it was known before the city’s name became Atlanta.  The folly was to design 20th Century highways on a 19th Century rail model.  Flush everything and everyone directly into the core and you get gridlock.  Know it, feel it, own it. Well-meaning politicians and planners have spent decades chasing whatever the current view was of the best balance between interstates,… View Article
Georgia families, educators and policy makers are of many views about the impact of Common Core State Standards and whether Georgia should continue to participate. This discussion is likely to become a topic for possible legislation during the 2014 General Assembly. Therefore, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has published a data-driven Common Core analysis to bring clarity to a controversial subject without making a policy recommendation. “We understand this is an extremely hot topic,” said Foundation President Kelly McCutchen.  “We believe it is important in every policy discussion to dig down into the real background and data so that we can provide the information people need to make their own decisions.” Analysis sections include control of what is taught in… View Article
By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Governor Nathan Deal has raised the ante on civil asset forfeiture reform next year by formally asking the new Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform to bring forward its own recommendation – and he means before the General Assembly returns in January. Ten new members and five holdovers from last year’s Council were told about civil asset forfeiture reform during their initial meeting Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol.  Civil asset forfeiture reform was perhaps the most contentious issue in the 2013 General Assembly. House Bill 1 would have limited the power sheriffs and district attorneys have to seize the assets of people who have been convicted of no crime, convert… View Article

Teaching the Teachers How to Teach with Technology

By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia school doors re-opened this month which means the serious business of Friday night football looms near.  On the academic side, the battle to achieve something greater than statewide mediocrity punctuated by occasional points of light resumes anew.  But there also is another mission underway, one that could potentially remake the teaching profession. “We cannot send our student teachers into classrooms, expect them to blend, expect them to know what to do without having (technology) preparation,” says Jo Williamson, associate professor of instructional technology at Kennesaw State University.  “We cannot send graduates to (public) schools that are our clients and expect them to retrain them.” Last year Governor Nathan Deal appointed… View Article
By Eric Wearne Eric WearneSenior FellowGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Latin Academy Charter School opened its doors for the first time in 2012 with 90 sixth graders, in the Anderson Park neighborhood of southwest Atlanta.  Work on the school started formally in 2010, and Latin’s board, administration, teachers, and families have been waiting to see how a school that had existed only on paper for so long would perform in the real world.  Now, the Georgia Department of Education has released school-level CRCT scores.  Our scores are strong: In reading, 97.8 percent of Latin Academy’s students met or exceeded standards this year, placing the Academy 6th out of 23 APS schools. In math, 79.1 percent of Academy students met or exceeded… View Article

Georgia Tech and Udacity Cross the Rubicon

By Michael Horn and Gunnar Counselman “There are a few moments in my life I will never forget. Like the moment I proposed to my wife, Petra. … Today is one of those moments.” Michael HornCo-FounderClayton Christensen Institute So wrote Udacity founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun upon announcing a new $6,600 master’s in computer science degree in partnership with Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech’s dean of computing Zvi Galil expressed similar glee when he said in an interview, “You know there is a revolution going on, right?” Hyperbole about disruptive innovation in higher education is rampant. Starting as a trickle of conversation a decade back and turning into a torrent today, innovation now dominates the ecosystem’s collective mindshare. Any… View Article
By Michael Horn Michael HornCo-FounderClayton Christensen Institute In Larry Cuban’s recent piece in the Washington Post, “Why K-12 online learning isn’t really revolutionizing teaching,” he in essence says that our research showing that online learning is a disruptive innovation that has the potential to transform K–12 education into a student-centric learning design that can allow each student to realize his or her fullest potential is unfortunate hype from academic gurus. What’s unfortunate is Cuban’s misrepresentation of our research to hype his argument. Cuban refers to our prediction that by 2019 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online in some form or fashion. He says that the prediction is erroneous because of the different… View Article
(Editor’s Note:  Michael Horn will speak to the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, June 6.  Click here to learn more and register.) By Clayton Christensen, Heather Staker and Michael Horn Michael Horn, Co-FounderClayton Christensen Institute The Clayton Christensen Institute, formerly Innosight Institute, has published three papers describing the rise of K−12 blended learning—that is, formal education programs that combine online learning and brick-and-mortar schools. This fourth paper is the first to analyze blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory to help people anticipate and plan for the likely effects of blended learning on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow. The paper includes the following sections: Introduction to sustaining and disruptive innovation There are two basic types… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike KleinEditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Youngsters are curious creatures.  They will engage in new styles of learning with excitement.  Technology enabled classrooms to create a seismic shift in the teacher-pupil relationship.  Smart boards replace dumb black boards.  Tablets replace books.  Students stacked in rows learning the same lesson has begun to shift toward pupils on personalized learning tracks with teacher participation rather than teacher domination.  Therein is the big challenge; how do you get the adults on board? “At the teacher level, it is a huge paradigm shift,” says Matchbook Learning founder and CEO Sajan George, who developed his model after spending years designing corporate – style turnarounds of big city schools that have the worst academic… View Article

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