Tag: Ben Scafidi

U.S. News & World Report Publishes on Education Funding

The September 20, 2016, edition of U.S. News & World Report published, “More Money, Same Problems,” an article by Georgia Public Policy Foundation Senior Felow Ben Scafidi and American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow Gerard Robinson. The article is posted in full below; the link to the article is hereMore Money, Same Problems Showering public schools with funds has been a costly failure. Why not try something new? By Gerard Robinson and Benjamin Scafidi Public education is important to the economic and social well-being of our nation, which is why it is the No. 1 line item in 41 state budgets. Today, more than 50 million students attend America’s public schools. Some students are succeeding: They graduate… View Article
Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute interviewed Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi on  the Georgia Education Reform Commission’s recommendations. The article is below; access the article on Heartrland’s Web site here: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2016/02/10/georgia-commission-releases-reform-recommendations Georgia Commission Releases Reform Recommendations By Kenneth Artz A Georgia government commission released a report in December 2015 detailing recommended reforms lawmakers should consider during the recently convened legislative session. The commission called on the state’s legislature to fund charter schools in a more equitable manner and provide more support for districts wishing to explore tying teachers’ pay to student performance. The commission was composed of private-sector leaders, local and state education officials, and lawmakers. The stated goal of the Georgia Education Reform Commission is to “[provide]… View Article

Solving the Failure of Education Desegregation

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Education desegregation started out with such lofty promise in America. So why have decades of massive government efforts to mandate integration in schools and encourage racial diversity produced such dismal results? In his latest study, Dr. Ben Scafidi, Senior Fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, set out to examine why schools continue to be segregated and how to overcome this. He found that neighborhoods and schools both moved toward racial integration in the 1960s and ‘70s, but in the 1980s segregation began returning to public schools even as neighborhood integration continued. Public school integration reversed at the same time neighborhood segregation by income increased, according to… View Article

Friday Facts: October 30, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” – David Crockett “Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 “Government thrives on our fears. When we’re scared, politicians are always there, promising to protect us if we just give them more money and power. We usually do.” –… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release August 4, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation’s Friedman Event in Savannah: ‘Exceptional’ Atlanta — Friday, July 31, would have been the 103rd birthday of economist Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winner and champion of school choice who died on November 16, 2006. Friedman’s birthday is celebrated worldwide annually as “Friedman Legacy Day.” Last year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation hosted Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Macon; more than 10,000 people at more than 100 events around the world gathered to recognize Friedman’s life, legacy and ideas. This year, the Foundation celebrated with a Policy Briefing Luncheon in Savannah on Wednesday, July 29, at Vic’s on the… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Hosts Friedman Legacy Day in Savannah July 29 Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only free-market, state-focused public policy research organization, at the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City on July 29: a Policy Briefing Luncheon at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. This event, sponsored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and the Friedman Foundation, celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner and school choice chamption Milton Friedman. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost education expert, will keynote the event, providing a preview of education issues at the Legislature and a review of the legacy of Milton Friedman.… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 16, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City! Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Georgia’s First City on Wednesday, July 29, as we take our annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day on the road again this year with a luncheon event in the beautiful Stoddard Room at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. Meet Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank; Benita Dodd, Foundation vice president, and keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Scafidi,  Georgia’s foremost education expert, at the noon Policy Briefing Luncheon celebrating the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. Registration is $30; register online here by Monday, July 27. … View Article

A Reality Check on the School Choice Bogeymen

By Benjamin Scafidi BENJAMIN SCAFIDI Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children. One, (HB 35) would significantly increase the cap of $58 million on contributions to Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program. This program allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their state income tax liability to Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) that give scholarships to children to attend private schools. With the popularity of the program (based on two recent opinion polls), it’s no surprise the $58 million cap on donations for 2015 was met on Day 1, January 1. For reference, that $58 million is about three-tenths of 1 percent of what taxpayers spend… View Article

Friday Facts: July 18, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “For nearly 40 years, it’s pretty much been all reform, all the time for the nation’s public school students, teachers, and parents. Many of the children whose schools were supposed to be revolutionized by America 2000 in 1990 now have the chance to see their own children’s education revolutionized by Common Core. Nothing can stop the impulse to reform our nation’s public schools. For professional policymakers, it is the itch they just can’t scratch.” – Andrew Ferguson “Today many people in America slavishly devote themselves to a political party without engaging in critical analysis of whether the philosophies of that party are really in sync with their true values and with the betterment of their… View Article

School Choice, A Way to Fix Public Schools

By Ben Scafidi BENJAMIN SCAFIDI This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Dr. Ben Scafidi on July 10, 2014, at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.   I’ve been a Milton Friedman fan since I was an undergraduate and I am honored to be a Fellow at the Friedman Foundation. He has influenced me and influenced national policy so much. The legacy Friedman chose is the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. I want to read you some quotes from Milton and Rose Friedman about school choice. This is from 2003: “Our goal is to have a system in which every family in the U.S. will be able to choose for itself the school to… View Article

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