Category: The Forum

Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success

Issue Analysis Full Speed Ahead:  Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success By Dean Alford   Proposal The Move On When Ready concept was designed around high expectations for eleventh and twelfth grade students, engaging them in college or career pathways of personal interest. It provides for an early introduction to college-level work which will produce better student achievement results, higher graduation rates, and most importantly, help prepare Georgia students to be competitive in the global economy.   This proposal is designed to broaden the Move On When Ready Act by adding two additional components: mandatory COMPASS testing for all high school sophomores and the development of the College and Career Academy.   COMPASS is a computer adaptive test… View Article

Friday Facts: February 18th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – March 1: Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Concord Coalition for the Fiscal Solutions Tour at 5 p.m. on March 1 at Kennesaw State University. The Fiscal Solutions Tour is a discussion of potential solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges, featuring David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and Founder and current President and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Find out more here: www.gppf.org/default.asp?pt=eventdescr&EI=77. – March 5: Register now to hear school choice champion Jay Greene, author of “Education Myths,” keynote a Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for an Educated Georgia. The cost to attend is… View Article

Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success

Commentary: Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success By Dean Alford Our "flat" world is a global economy in which other nations race to surpass American dominance in every area, including higher education. The competition is rapidly intensifying, the stakes are enormous and the implications are sobering. Countries including India and China (which just surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy) are measuring their economic futures by the scope of their investment in education. Today's measure of power is no longer a simple matter of military might but is rooted in a country’s ambition and plan to educate its youth. Today's children are tomorrow’s highly skilled 21st-century workforce that will steer a nation’s fortunes. Yet Americans… View Article

New Study Shows Income Tax Rate Could Go to 4% or Lower Immediately

Georgia could have a flat income tax with a rate of 4 percent — or lower — immediately, according to a new study by Georgia State University. The Tax Reform Council's final report was missing several numbers, causing conservative and liberal groups to react negatively to the proposal. Conservatives argued that phasing in the tax rate reductions over three years and possibly starting as high as 5 percent, was a massive tax increase. Liberals argued that the tax reduction was not enough to offset sales tax increases on low- and middle-income families and senior citizens. Now the missing numbers have been filled in. Although the numbers are still not disaggregated, these new estimates include a $2,000 exemption for dependents… View Article

Friday Facts: February 11th, 2011

It’s Friday! Join our Forum!  If you like the Friday Facts, you’ll love the Foundation’s interactive online community, The Forum. This week, editor Mike Klein wrote on The Forum that the state unemployment insurance trust fund is “worse than broke.” Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/5rhdlab. Klein also reported that President Obama wants to give states a two-year-waiver on federal interest payments and penalties on their unemployment benefits loans – and he wants to more than double the amount of employee wages subject to unemployment taxes. Read more here: http:/tinyurl.com/4kgrsoyRegister and join the discussion today! Events – Mark your calendar: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Concord Coalition will co-host the Fiscal Solutions Tour at 5… View Article

Q & A with Rep. Price and Grace-Marie Turner

Questions and answers from Rep. Tom Price and Grace-Marie Turner at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's February Policy Luncheon Briefing on federal health care reform.  … View Article

Congressman Price Discusses the Politics and Policy of Federal Health Care Reform

Congressman Tom Price, along with the Galen Institute's Grace-Marie Turner, addressed the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's February Policy Luncheon Briefing. He presented a view of what happens now to the federal health care reform law after the repeal vote in the House of Representatives and the court ruling by Judge Vinson.… View Article

Grace-Marie Turner Discusses Market-Oriented State Health Care Reforms

Grace-Marie Turner, president and founder of the Galen Institute, appeared with Rep. Tom Price at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's February Policy Luncheon Briefing, to discuss health care reform. She discussed Medicaid options, state exchanges and the recent court ruling by Judge Vinson.… View Article

Josh Belinfante Discusses Medical Malpractice Reform Options

Josh Belinfante discusses medical malpractice review panels and other options for medical malpractice reforms at a policy luncheon at the Georgia State Capitol on February 2, 2011, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. View his powerpoint presentation here.… View Article

Hans von Spakovsky Discusses Georgia Legal Reforms and Court Rulings

The Heritage Foundation's Senior Legal Fellow, Hans von Spakovsky, discusses medical malpractice reform, recent Georgia Supreme Court rulings and Judge Vinson's ruling at a policy luncheon at the Georgia State Capitol on February 2, 2011, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.     … View Article

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