Tag: School Choice

Friday Facts: September 20, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – Friedrich von Hayek “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken Events October 11: Register now for the fourth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, October 11, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Last year, hundreds of Georgia’s legislators, businesspeople and interested citizens attended to hear national policy experts discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. Speakers include: Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, Fred Cooper, Chairman of Cooper Capital, Florida House Health Appropriations Chair Rep. Matt Hudson, Carol Steckel,… View Article

Friday Facts: September 13, 2013

It’s Friday! Google Glass: Now that we have your attention … Due to high demand, the Foundation is moving to a bigger room for the event, “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” we’re hosting with Google on Monday at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Thanks to the bigger room, registration will be open through today. And yes, you can try out the Google Glass at the event! It’s free, but registration is required. Find information and registration at http://tinyurl.com/qzt6tzq. Quotes of Note “Milton Friedman said, ‘Only a crisis … produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.’ The free-market movement lost the narrative war in 2008 because we didn’t… View Article

Friday Facts: September 6, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “It is wonderful how preposterously the affairs of the world are managed. We assemble parliaments and councils to have the benefit of collected wisdom, but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices and private interests: for regulating commerce an assembly of great men is the greatest fool on earth.” – Benjamin Franklin “There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet – and that is the first requisite of business.” – Thomas Edison “As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied the people grow poorer and poorer. When… View Article

Friday Facts: August 30, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Workmen’s compensation, hours and conditions of labor are cold consolations, if there be no employment.” – Calvin Coolidge “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.” – Thomas Sowell Events Mark your calendar: Georgia’s Digital Economy is the focus of a half-day event on Monday, September 16, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. The discussions, hosted by the Foundation and Google, include an all-star entrepreneurship panel, a discussion of… View Article

Friday Facts: August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013   It’s Friday! The deadline is MONDAY to register for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club on Wednesday, August 28. Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation transportation analyst, will unveil a new study on transportation proposals for metro Atlanta and Georgia. $30. Information: http://tinyurl.com/msf7j3z. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ln9lmhv. Quotes of Note “When the government goes into business it lays a tax on everybody else in that business, and uses the money that it collects from its competitors to establish a monopoly and drive them out of business.” – Calvin Coolidge “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a… View Article

Friday Facts: August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013  It’s Friday! Congratulations to the winners of tickets to the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Forum: Lynda Whitt Chapman, Jeffrey Cole Copeland and Heather Moody Breeden.  Events August 15: Just 25 seats remain for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum, the national organization’s annual daylong event for elected officials, policy analysts and government affairs professionals to confer and strategize about the top public policy issues of the day. It’s in Atlanta this year! Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Tax Reform and Energy. The Foundation will participate in an energy roundtable discussion. Find out more and register at http://eif.heartland.org/. August 28: Register now for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the… View Article

Friday Facts: August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013  It’s Friday! Win with words: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is giving away four tickets, valued at $100 each, to attend the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum at the Capital City Club in Atlanta on Thursday, August 15. For a chance to win a ticket to the daylong session, tell your Facebook friends what you like about the Foundation and why. (Be sure you “like” the Foundation Facebook page and tag us in your post or share it on our page!) We’ll announce four winners in the Friday Facts next week, so make your case by noon on Thursday, August 8. Remember, if you don’t tag us, the NSA will be able to see you but View Article

Putting College in Students’ REACH

By Benita M. Dodd In a week highlighting more disappointing actions among so-called leaders at the national and state level, in a climate where good corporate citizens are often demonized, a shining beacon was celebrated June 11 at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion: the REACH scholarship program. REACH Georgia – for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen – was launched in February 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal, who continues to champion the privately funded program. It’s a remarkable, comprehensive, needs-based scholarship program, using private funds to target young students who otherwise couldn’t dream of going to college and who may not even reach high school graduation. The program was introduced to Georgia by Dr. Howard Hinesley, current superintendent of Cartersville City Schools,… View Article

Friday Facts: May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013  It’s Friday! Tuesday is the registration deadline for the Foundation’s June 6 Leadership Breakfast, “Customize The Class,” 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of the education practice at the Clayton Christensen Institute, will share how innovation can disrupt the factory-based education system and transform learning into a student-centric approach where all students can achieve their full potential. ($25.) Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/okoy4ad; register at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Quotes of Note “The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.” – John S. Coleman, address to the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 1956 “Let’s count the flaws in the View Article

Education Reform: Chalk It Up to Technology

By Benita M. Dodd It’s big. In fact, “massive” is a more apt description of the change overtaking education in Georgia. Some are hanging for dear life onto the “old school” ways, but technology is dragging them, kicking and screaming, into approaches that will forever disrupt the class. In just the month of May, even as schools closed for the summer break, three “massive” announcements shook the education establishment:  Georgia Tech, one of the nation’s top research universities, announced that in the next semester its College of Computing will offer the first online Master of Science degree in computer science that can be earned completely through the “Massive Open Online Course,” or MOOC, model. The degree’s cost is expected… View Article

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