Tag: Georgia Public Policy Foundation

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has named Rogers Wade recipient of its 2011 Freedom Award which is presented to a Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity.   Mr. Wade is chairman of the Foundation, former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge and a current adviser to Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.  Mr. Wade serves on many public sector boards and he has long advocated and supported U.S. military troops through his USO involvement. Almost 400 guests were on hand when Mr. Wade received his award during the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 24 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.  Video excerpts from the evening can be viewed on… View Article
MACON – Georgia children who attend charter public schools are typically boxed into smaller facilities that have inadequate library, science, art, music, cafeteria and physical education resources compared to traditional public schools.  That is the conclusion of a six-month study highlighted last week during the Georgia Charter Schools Association ninth annual conference. “Charter schools are in a facilities crisis,” GCSA President and CEO Tony Roberts told the Public Policy Foundation.  “The only way to alleviate that is for them to receive per pupil funding for facilities so they can afford to lease or buy facilities.”  Georgia start-up charter public schools do not receive facilities funds. Traditional public schools receive facility funds by several means. Georgia instituted competitive public schools facilities… View Article
MACON – Hundreds of charter public school advocates who traveled here last week heard Apple founder Steve Jobs remembered, discussion about a proposed national legal defense fund to help protect charter schools that are under legal assault and they heard a glimpse about what might come after No Child Left Behind. But if they were hoping to hear about a resolution to who can authorize charter schools in Georgia, that wasn’t happening. Georgia – once considered a national leader in alternative authorization for charter schools – took a significant step in another direction — some say backward — in May when the state Supreme Court ruled that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission was unconstitutional. The decision returned authorization solely to… View Article
Documentary filmmaker Bob Bowdon – whose celebrated movie “The Cartel” probed deep into failures at New Jersey inner city schools – released a new internet video today about the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating scandal.  His video report can be viewed on ChoiceMedia.TV which debuted just one week ago.  The new site is aggregating education stories from all over. Bowdon’s report begins with WSB-TV’s Monica Pearson:  “Late this afternoon a statement on behalf of Superintendent Beverly Hall insisted she was not aware of widespread cheating.”  An off-camera voice says, “Answers changed to right ones by teachers after students had turned in their tests.”  NBC News anchor Brian Williams says, “There is disturbing news out of Atlanta, Georgia tonight about a… View Article
President Barack Obama has dropped a water balloon onto No Child Left Behind. “In my State of the Union address this year I said Congress should reform No Child Left Behind law based on principles that have guided Race to the Top,” Obama said Friday morning at the White House.  The President stamped his approval onto new education performance guidelines that the administration says were developed by governors and educators nationwide. “I want to say, the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable,” Obama said during a carefully crafted appearance that allowed for no questions.  “President (George W.) Bush deserves credit for that.  Higher standards are the right goal.  Accountability is the right goal.  Closing the achievement gap is… View Article

What Should You Pay for Your Dog’s Knee Transplant?

What should you expect to pay for your dog’s knee replacement?  Should what you pay for your dog to have his knees fixed bear any relationship to fixing your own knees?   What determines the cost for knee replacements, whether the surgery is done here or overseas? Writing this week on his national Health Care Policy blog, economist John Goodman asked, “Why is the price of a knee replacement for a dog — involving the same technology and the same medical skills that are needed for humans — less than 1/6th the price a typical health insurance company pays for human operations?” Goodman also posed this question: “How is a Canadian able to come to the United States and get… View Article
The last time we spoke this summer Principal Christopher Ray was just weeks away from opening his first high school.  The former elementary principal still needed pupils, teachers and curriculum.  But launch it did this fall as Gwinnett Online Campus opened a blended learning high school that combines virtual courses with personal and group time with instructors. “The first year has been about getting people to understand what we’re all about, what are the requirements,” Ray said.  “I thought my previous job was hard.  This job is mentally exhausting.  You’re constantly thinking, ‘What can we do?’  The technology constantly evolves.”  Ray has nearly two decades in the Gwinnett County Public Schools, the last seven as an elementary principal. Gwinnett is… View Article
Golfers love being on the leader board.  Corrections officials, not so much as there is nothing to celebrate about Georgia being the national leader with the highest percentage of its adults under corrections system supervision.  The ratio is 1-in-13 and it is the worst in the country. Not only does it cost lots of money – more than $1 billion per year in state dollars to run prisons – but lofty incarceration, probation and parole statistics send the wrong message nationally and internationally when Georgia tries to market itself as a leading edge economy and destination. Over the next several months you will hear extensive discussion about adult corrections system reform.  A commission created by the 2011 General Assembly was… View Article
There are two big cats in the national college admission test industry – the SAT which is familiar in Georgia because that is what most high school students here take, and the ACT which is taken by fewer Georgia students, but like the SAT, it also has a significant national college admissions testing footprint. Increasingly, southern states students are taking the ACT.  This week the Southern Regional Education Board said at least 50% of 2011 high school seniors took the ACT in 10 of SREB’s 16 member states.  Georgia is not among those states, but it is trending in that direction.  Last year 44 percent of Georgia seniors took the ACT.  The ratio grew to 47 percent this year. Here… View Article
Georgia’s governor and attorney general said Friday’s decision by the federal appeals court in Atlanta that strikes down the federal health care reform individual mandate is “a huge step toward victory” but ultimately, ObamaCare will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement about two hours after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta released its 2-to-1 opinion: “We applaud today’s ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit striking down the individual mandate as ‘a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority.’ Today’s ruling recognizes the core principles of our federalist system and reminds an over-reaching federal government that the Constitution applies… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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