Tag: School Choice

Friday Facts: December 14, 2012

 It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “When you can’t afford what you’ve already got, why would you try to buy into more?” – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, explaining why Georgia will not expand its Medicaid rolls  “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Taylor (May 28, 1816)  “With President Obama’s reelection and his commitment to investing in infrastructure, one cannot blame the transportation community for feeling hopeful. But with the country’s budget realities and debt limit negotiations constraining the president’s ability to push for ambitious new spending programs, transportation policy is not likely to receive high priority… View Article
By Brad Alexander Brad Alexander In November, Georgians resoundingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to authorize charter schools. Given that this was the most hard-fought constitutional campaign ever – or at least since the Lottery debate in the 1990s – it is not surprising that explanations for the outcome abound. This need to explain the result has been exacerbated by the reality that the strongest support came from Democratic voters. Yet the most accurate explanation is generally being ignored:  that informed voters made a decision that they believed was good for them. The first explanation being offered is that the proponents’ campaign team produced some uncommonly effective strategies that completely reversed the direction of the vote. The advertising… View Article

Friday Facts: November 9, 2012

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis “They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare. … [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they… View Article

Friday Facts: November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012  It’s Friday!  As you take time to consider the organizations you will support before year’s end, we hope you’ll include us. Your support will help us grow our membership and continue the Friday Facts, the commentaries, the great events and our commitment to a better Georgia based on free markets, individual responsibility and the rule of law. The Foundation is supported by Georgians who, like you, want to see us, “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives.” Your contribution is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. To donate, please go to georgiapolicy.org/get-involved/donate/Quotes of Note “Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments under pretense of… View Article

No Generation Holds a Copyright on Learning Innovation

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation We have a choice this fall:  Do we want to be nationally recognized as innovators who push the learning envelope or, will Georgia become the first state in the country whose voters reject a constitutional amendment that would guarantee public school options for families? Last week’s Georgia Public Policy Foundation commentary by Benita Dodd provides terrific context to positions on both sides of the proposed constitutional amendment question that will ask voters, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?” No generation holds a copyright on learning innovation.  We cannot predict how innovation tomorrow will… View Article

Friday Facts: September 28, 2012

It’s Friday! Events October 16: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turns 87 on October 13. The Foundation marks the birthday of this remarkable leader with a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Thatcher advisor and longtime friend John Blundell, who is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” This event is at the Georgian Club. Registration is $60 and includes a copy of Blundell’s book. Register by Friday, October 12, at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Seating is limited; register early! October 9: Georgia’s voter registration deadline is October 9. Stand up and be counted! To find out more, go to http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/. Quotes of Note “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in… View Article

Choice, Charters and The Children

By Benita M. Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation With less than 40 days to the November 6 elections, passions, tempers and misinformation are on the rise regarding a school choice question on the ballot in Georgia.  Georgia voters will decide whether the state should be able to consider and authorize the creation of a public charter school, at the applicant’s request, if a local public school system rejects the charter application. Charter schools are public schools that have a charter, or contract, that gives them greater flexibility than traditional schools in return for being held accountable for improved student achievement. Generally, the charter is up for renewal every five years but can be voided, like any… View Article

Friday Facts: September 21, 2012

It’s Friday! The Foundation unveils, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” today at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The conservative Policy Leadership Institute Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum which, in addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy. Access the agenda at http://www.georgiapolicy.org/additional-links/legislative-policy-forum/.  Tweet today from the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum using #gapolicyforum. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gppf.  Quotes of Note  “Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will… View Article

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background and alignment of special interests. From the first moment that terms like “choice,” “competition” and “accountability” entered the education reform debate in… View Article

Charter School Successes Well Documented

By Jay P. Greene Jay Greene, Adjunct Scholar, Georgia Public Policy Foundation According to the Global Report Card, more than a third of the 30 school districts with the highest math achievement in the United States are actually charter schools. This is particularly impressive considering that charters constitute about 5 percent of all schools and about 3 percent of all public school students. And it is even more amazing considering that some of the highest performing charter schools, like Roxbury Prep in Boston or KIPP Infinity in New York City, serve very disadvantaged students. As impressive and amazing as these results by charter schools may be, it would be wrong to conclude from this that charter schools… View Article

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