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By Kelly Marlow Having grown up in metro Atlanta, a visit to the Gold Dome for PTA Day at the Capitol still held as much thrill for me as a Mother as it did when I was in school. As I walked the stone staircases in the winter of 2011, I was overwhelmed with youthful memories of school field trips and civic lessons. Kelly Marlow, Member-Elect, Cherokee County Board of Education As the parent of second grade twins and also as my Cherokee County school’s PTA Board Member-Elect, I walked arm in arm with my fellow school leaders who shared a palpable sense of pride in our role as the drivers of meaningful parental involvement in our public schools.  I… View Article
By Carolyn Jurick Carolyn Jurick, Georgia’s First Public Charter School Principal Seventeen years  ago I was principal of the first charter school in Georgia.  One retirement, one big move and many years later, I find myself once again helping to launch a charter school.  I was the principal at Addison Elementary in Cobb County for sixteen years.  Now some of my time and energy is focused on helping to start the Tybee Island Maritime Academy, which will become the state’s first and only elementary school focused on maritime education when it opens next fall.  What a journey! Years ago at Addison Elementary we were looking at ways to increase student achievement.  We started to examine the charter school concept.  It… View Article

In Our Family, There Will be No Child Left Behind

By Rich Thompson Rich Thompson, Founder and Chairman, 100Dads The greatest joy of my life is being the father of two beautiful daughters whom everyone will agree – look just like me!  Like my father and grandfathers, I embrace the awesome responsibility to make sure their future is brighter than my own.  In our family, there is no confusion about the meaning of the phrase, no child left behind. But unfortunately, I have discovered the hard truth that there is one place where even the best of Dads doing what we believe are the right things and investing in the success of our children is simply not good enough.  That place is school. The public education crisis in America is… View Article
By Eric Wearne Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Digital Learning Now! Has just released the second paper in its “Smart Series.”  Here is a review of paper # 1.  This second installment makes the case for two improvements based on school data.  First, the authors argue that states should create a “data backpack” for each student, which would include a standardized electronic copy of their test and grade histories, their discipline records, their “personal bests” on various types of assignments, and other items, and which could be accessed and used as students move across grades, schools, districts, and states.  And second, they advocate a “Learner Profile,” which would be a set of experiences and resources built… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Georgia think tank ready with ideas for freight, funding and congestion relief Atlanta The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will unveil, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI) and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. In addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy.… View Article

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background and alignment of special interests. From the first moment that terms like “choice,” “competition” and “accountability” entered the education reform debate in… View Article

Kids Are Not the Priority for Chicago Teachers Union

(Editor’s Note: Illinois Policy Institute President John Tillman published this article just as Chicago Public School system teachers prepared to strike this week.  Tillman is the Opening Speaker at 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in Atlanta.) By John Tillman John Tillman, President, Illinois Policy Institute Now that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has announced that CTU will strike Monday morning, it is very clear: Children are not the top priority for teachers who belong to the Chicago Teachers Union. The two things that matter most to these teachers are money and avoiding accountability for poor performance. Lewis and the CTU waited hours to announce the teacher walkout so they could hold… View Article

What is the Future for Marginal Revolution University?

By Eric Wearne Add another entrant to the growing number of free online education start-ups (see here or here).  Marginal Revolution University comes from Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two economics professors at George Mason University (and hosts of the economics blog Marginal Revolution). Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation MRUniversity was announced at the World Bank meeting last week.  According to Tabarrok, “Here are a few of the principles behind MR University: 1. The product is free (like this blog), and we offer more material in less time. 2. Most of our videos are short, so you can view and listen between tasks, rather than needing to schedule time for them.  The average video… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Medically induced silence: In an article in Forbes magazine discussing President Obama’s silence on his landmark legislation during the Democratic National Convention, Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute notes that there were some heartwrenching personal stories told on how the law will help families. “But turning one-sixth of our economy over to the federal government on the basis of these personal stories, however wrenching, is very dangerous indeed. We can much better help families like the Lihns and their daughter (highlighted at the convention) if we have a vibrant health sector that stays on the cutting edge of innovation and has the… View Article

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