Tag: School Choice

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

Friday Facts: August 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Register for Health Connect South by August 31 to obtain the Georgia Public Policy Foundation member discount! September 16: Health Connect South 2015 takes place at the Georgia Aquarium. This amazing daylong program highlights health collaborations and innovations throughout the Southeast, with a special focus on the ebola response. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Public Health and former Chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a featured speaker. And Foundation members who register by August 31 get 20 percent off the registration fee with the promotion code GPPF_HCS02015. Register here. October 15: Early bird deadline! Just one week left to claim your Early Bird Discount for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. The… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted the Foundation’s Benita Dodd in its August 26, 2015 edition (subscription required) in the article, “Education Reform Commission wants more money for poor schools,” by Ty Tagami. Below is the text of the article. Georgia should consider allocating larger proportions of money to school districts with higher numbers of poor students, say people working to overhaul state education law for Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal’s Education Reform Commission has been working since spring to recommend a new approach to everything from the way teachers are paid to school choice. Re-writing the decades old law that distributes state money among school districts was one of the biggest assignments. The current formula, in place since the 1980s, does not… View Article

Policy Forum Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 4!

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION INVITATION August 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org 6th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is Oct. 15; Register By Sept. 4 to Receive Early Bird Discount Early Bird Registration ($100) is open until Friday, September 4 for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Thursday, October 15 at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta.  Don’t miss this exciting daylong event (8 a.m.-3 p.m.), which focuses on educating policy-makers about Georgia-specific solutions that advance economic opportunity in the state. This year, the theme is “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” (from the Georgia state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”). State and national experts will discussing opportunities for Georgia’s workforce, education and health care.  Hosted annually… View Article

What Happened to The ‘Public’ in Public Schools?

By Benita M. Dodd Ashley-Kay Wyatt was a freshman at Brantley County High School in southeastern Georgia when boys happened. Unimpressed by her handling of the transition into the high school, her parents pulled her from Brantley High after one semester. She enrolled in Georgia Cyber Academy, one of the statewide, online, “virtual” public charter schools. Today the 15-year-old 10th-grader, adopted by the Wyatts at age 9, is an honor student. Her counselor at Georgia Cyber Academy says she is “an extraordinary student and has proven to have the maturity needed to be successful with online learning.” Ashley-Kay Wyatt (above) is an “extraordinary student and has proven to have the maturity needed to be successful with online learning,” according to… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release August 4, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation’s Friedman Event in Savannah: ‘Exceptional’ Atlanta — Friday, July 31, would have been the 103rd birthday of economist Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winner and champion of school choice who died on November 16, 2006. Friedman’s birthday is celebrated worldwide annually as “Friedman Legacy Day.” Last year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation hosted Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Macon; more than 10,000 people at more than 100 events around the world gathered to recognize Friedman’s life, legacy and ideas. This year, the Foundation celebrated with a Policy Briefing Luncheon in Savannah on Wednesday, July 29, at Vic’s on the… View Article

Friday Facts: July 24, 2015

It’s Friday! Flags flew at half-staff over Georgia’s U.S. Senate offices in Atlanta this week to mourn four Marines, including one from Marietta, and a sailor killed by a Muslim gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. Monday is the deadline! Register now for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event at Vic’s on the River in Savannah. The Policy Briefing Luncheon on Wednesday, July 29, is keynoted by Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. He will preview education issues in the 2016 Legislature and review the legacy of Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and school choice champion. Sponsored by the Friedman Foundation and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. $30. Find out… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Hosts Friedman Legacy Day in Savannah July 29 Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only free-market, state-focused public policy research organization, at the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City on July 29: a Policy Briefing Luncheon at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. This event, sponsored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and the Friedman Foundation, celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner and school choice chamption Milton Friedman. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost education expert, will keynote the event, providing a preview of education issues at the Legislature and a review of the legacy of Milton Friedman.… View Article

Friday Facts: July 10, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Join us in Savannah on July 29! The deadline is July 27 to register for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event, noon at Vic’s on the River in Savannah. This Policy Briefing Luncheon is keynoted by Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding, and is sponsored by the Friedman Foundation and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. $30. Find out more and register here. October 15: Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, who recently joined President Obama for a discussion on poverty, is the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The… View Article

ESAs and Accountability

If Georgia were to follow Nevada’s example and approve universal Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) next year, how would we handle accountability? Matthew Ladner has some helpful guidance in this article written for the Fordham Institute, “New tools for new challenges: Updating accountability for ESAs.” He notes that we should not assume that all public dollars are held accountable, since “high school students have been doing ‘dual enrollment’ in community colleges for decades. How do states hold community colleges accountable for student outcomes? Unfortunately, they generally don’t.” The same holds true, he notes, for classes not measures by state tests, such as foreign language courses. He notes that Arizona’s experience is helpful. They have found it more effective to… View Article

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