Tag: School Choice

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
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 22, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050  Foundation Marks Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day July 11 In Athens with National School Choice Expert Jay Greene  Atlanta – You are invited to join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Athens Country Club for a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon keynoted by national school choice expert Jay P. Greene to celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day,   Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day is an annual celebration marking the birthday of the late Milton Friedman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and a longtime contributor to free market causes who championed school choice. Friedman’s 101st birthday would have been July 31. In… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 21, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Education Innovator Michael Horn Keynotes June 6 Foundation Event Atlanta – When is disrupting class a good idea? When you’re trying to disrupt the current factory-based education system to transform learning into a student-centric approach where all students can achieve their full potential. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of the education practice of the Clayton Christensen Institute, knows just how to do that. Horn will keynote, “Customize The Class,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The co-author of the book, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 20, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Turnaround Expert Sajan George Keynotes May 23 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – George Washington Carver said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Register by Tuesday (May 21) to hear Sajan George, one of the nation’s leading experts in unlocking that door for struggling students. George discusses, “The Future of Education,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. George is CEO and founder of Matchbook Learning, a unique blended model of school launched nationally in 2011 to initially target the bottom 5 percent of under-performing public schools and to eventually deliver blended learning solutions… View Article

Friday Facts: May 17, 2013

 May 17, 2013  It’s Friday!  The Friday Facts is the Foundation’s most popular product, with more than 5,000 subscribers across the state. Have you shared the Friday Facts with YOUR friends and colleagues yet? Invite them to sign up on our home page for their own copy! Quotes of Note “[P]erhaps it would make more sense if our planners, and some developers, would awake from their dogmatic slumbers. Their job should be to facilitate the quality of life that people seek, not to tell them how to live. That means admitting that the future of both America and, particularly, Southern California, is likely to remain largely suburban for years to come.” – Joel Kotkin “[White House Press Secretary] Jay… View Article

More Evidence School Choice Works

The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City” is the first-ever experimental study of college-enrollment outcomes of school voucher programs. It found that the percentage of African American students who enrolled part-time or full-time in college by 2011 was 24 percent higher for those who had won a school voucher lottery while in elementary school, and had used their voucher to attend a private school. The study, conducted by Matthew M. Chingos of the Brookings Institution and Paul E. Peterson, Director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, was singled out as a well-implemented randomized control trial. An analysis of the study, “The Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment View Article
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of May 12, 2013, political columnist Jim Galloway addressed the growing controversy over the Common Core Standards. His article hinted at one possible solution to the problem, pointing out that Scott Johnson, a newly appointed member of the state school board, has asked the Georgia Public Policy Foundation “to examine Common Core this summer and separate truth from fantasy.” “I want an honest broker to look at this thing,” Johnson said. “I’d be satisfied with that.” Read more: http://tinyurl.com/cnlpu4c. View Article
Louisiana Court Rejects Funding Formula; Texas Lawmakers Reject Choice By Mike Klein This week’s Louisiana Supreme Court opinion that struck down a school choice funding formula finds the usual suspects who want to prevent families from using their tax-paid dollars to send their children to the schools of their choice.  As we saw in Georgia, people who stand in opposition to expanded school choice believe the money belongs to them, which is a big brother knows best mentality. Some Louisiana background:  The state was in education chaos before Hurricane Katrina swept through eight years ago.  The unanticipated blessing from that life changing hurricane was that it gave the state, communities and families an opportunity to rebuild horrible school systems, notably… View Article
by Kelly McCutchen A new report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice, summarizes the academic evidence on the impact of school choice programs such as vouchers, tax credit scholarships and education savings accounts. The studies analyzed: Academic outcomes of choice participants Academic outcomes of public schools Fiscal impact on taxpayers Racial segregation in school Civic values and practice The results? Academic outcomes of choice participants  Twelve empirical studies have examined academic  outcomes for school choice participants using  random assignment, the “gold standard” of social  science. Of these, 11 find that choice improves  student outcomes—six that all students benefit and five that some benefit and some are not affected. One… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE April 30, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Sajan George Highlights, ‘The Future of Education,’ at May 23 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – The world is changing fast, but we seem to be standing still when it comes to educating our children. How do we take advantage of the opportunities to personalize learning for every student? How do we enhance academic performance? Is the solution more money, more teachers or smaller class sizes? What role does technology play? Find out what’s wrong, what’s right and what to do with the three Rs from education entrepreneur Sajan George, founder and CEO of Matchbook Learning, at, “The Future of Education,” a Georgia… View Article

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