Tag: Jim Kelly

Launch Georgia K-12 Education on the ‘Seven Cs”

This op-ed by Jim Kelly, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was published in the September 4-10, 2015, edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. By Jim Kelly As Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission approaches the release of its first round of draft proposals, now is a good time to focus on some overarching principles for improving K-12 education in Georgia. Otherwise, detailed prescriptions for more equitable education funding, student performance, and teacher recruitment, retention and compensation will fail for a lack of attention to seven essential elements of effective education: creed, competence, curriculum, character, community, compassion and choice.  Among the standard definitions of the word “creed” is “a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone’s… View Article

Sign Up to Celebrate School Choice Week on Jan. 28

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION January 21, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Attend ‘School Choice and Georgia: An Update,’ on Jan. 28 Atlanta – Have you signed up yet to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s January 28 Leadership Breakfast celebrating National School Choice week? The 8 a.m. event, “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” at Cobb County’s Georgian features a panel discussion with three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the State Capitol that day! This event… View Article

Celebrate Georgia School Choice Jan. 28

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT | January 7, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Celebrate School Choice Week with Georgia’s Top Education Experts Atlanta – Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Tuesday, January 28 for “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club in celebration of National School Choice Week. The panel discussion features three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Foundation Senior Fellows Jim Kelly, Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the State Capitol that day! This event is… View Article

School Choice: Study Shows It’s About More Than Scores

By Benita M. Dodd         BENITA DODD The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released an eye-opening analysis of why and how parents choose private schools. The analysis by the national nonprofit organization is worth the read for Georgians especially. It is Georgia-based, undertaken by Georgia Public Policy Foundation senior fellows Jim Kelly and Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, and uses the results of a survey of Georgia parents of K–12 private school scholarship recipients. The study, “More than Scores,” is available at www.edchoice.org. It addresses what parents focus on in choosing a school; what information schools should provide, and whether school choice – public or private – would provide a more “spontaneous education order.” The authors of the study say they addressed… View Article

Must Georgia Families Wander Another 40 Years?

During the fifteen years that I have been working on the cause of education reform in Georgia, there have been many times when opponents of expanded parental choices in K-12 education have insisted that reforms must take place within the context of local public school systems.  Yet, when asked, these individuals never have an answer to the question of how long families must wait for this internal reform to occur.  My recent research indicates that they have been waiting quite a long time. Forty years ago, the Taconic Foundation, which was an early supporter of the U.S. civil rights movement, commissioned a study by the Institute for Community Studies at the City University of New York on the fledgling community… View Article

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