Tag: Education

Think Hard About Education We Often Take For Granted

By Deloyce Dhoruba After my husband and I completed military service, we moved our family to Georgia from Fort Richardson, Alaska.  As service members we have seen public school systems all over the U.S. and in other countries as well. I grew up in Chicago and my husband in New Jersey and coming to Georgia, we were very disturbed about what we saw when it came to education. Deloyce Dhoruba, Technology Sector Program Manager and Parent Committed to Quality Public Education My husband and I are middle class.  We both work, we spend time in our children’s classrooms, and we always took the time to volunteer at their schools.  We have had two children in local public schools. Our 10-year-old… View Article

Creating the Vision for Savannah Classical Academy

By Barbara Grimm My journey through the relatively new world of public charter schools began when my first child was in the fifth grade in 1999 and I began to visit middle schools looking for the best placement for him. Schools and classrooms and their issues were not entirely foreign territory as my husband and I were both educators in the public school system.  We had a frame of reference. Barbara Grimm, Co-Founder, Savannah Classical Academy The neighborhood school was known for its lack of discipline and low academic expectations, and so, for us, having our son attend that school was out of the question.  My husband and I were aware of the lack of opportunities available for middle school… View Article
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 Eric Wearne Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Recently, the state of Minnesota used a state statute to briefly ban online education.  The state’s Office of Higher Education (OHE) informed new online education startup Coursera that the company could no longer provide services in Minnesota because they had not been approved by the state.  According to a policy analyst at the OHE, “This has been a longtime requirement in Minnesota (at least 20 years) and applies to online and brick-and-mortar postsecondary institutions that offer instruction to Minnesota residents as part of our overall responsibility to provide consumer protection for students.”  Coursera’ s courses are all freely available on the internet, however, so no one would be… View Article

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte “Just tell them that their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for you.” – Napoleon Dynamite Events January 24, 2013: Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, is a co-founder of the Reason Foundation and its director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow. He will provide an update on… View Article

Have U.S. Schools Become Just Another Jobs Program?

(This article was written for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.  The author is a Friedman Fellow.  The chart below shows how 1992 – 2009 Georgia public school personnel growth for teachers and all other personnel far exceeded student population growth.) By Benjamin Scafidi Benjamin Scafidi, Professor of Economics, Georgia College and State University America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent. Public schools grew staffing at a rate… View Article

Georgia Outspending North Carolina in Education

There is no question that many school systems are struggling financially and teachers have been hit by several years of furloughs, but it is also important to put our spending into context. You may have heard references to the $6 billion in “austerity cuts” to education that have accumulated since 2003. This is compared to the outdated QBE funding formula that was first put in place in 1985 and has not significantly changed in the last 27 years. North Carolina is a better real-world comparison with a similar population and similar demographics. This tells a far different story. On a per student basis, we have outspent North Carolina by $18 billion since 2003.  Despite spending $18 billion more, our graduation… View Article

What’s Next When the School Says it Cannot Help?

By Addie Price Addie Price, Public Charter School Parent An option in education can make all the difference in the world. I didn’t know anything about charter schools before I applied for my daughter to attend a new charter school opening in our community about a year and a half ago. All I knew was that my daughter, who was incredibly bright – teachers had even said she was brilliant – was going into seventh grade in advanced classes but was reading on a second grade level because she has a form of dyslexia. Her teachers and school told me their hands were tied and they couldn’t give her any further reading assistance unless she was failing. In other words,… 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

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