Tag: School Choice

Friday Facts: June 19, 2015

It’s Friday!  New board member: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce Ray Padrón, Managing Partner, President and COO of Brightworth, has joined the Board of Trustees. Quotes of Note “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain “[A] father’s absence lowers children’s educational attainment not by altering their scores on cognitive tests but by disrupting their social and emotional adjustment and reducing their ability… View Article
Ever since school choice programs have existed, opponents have argued these programs do financial harm to tradational public schools. Our Senior Fellow, Dr. Ben Scafidi, published a study for the Friedman Foundation to address the following question: “If a significant number of students left a public school district for any reason from one year to the next, then is it feasible for the district to reduce some of its expenditures commensurate with the decrease in its student population?” According to Scafidi: “The answer that comes from analyzing the finances of large and small school districts that lost students is ‘yes.’ Both the large school districts and the small ones were able to reduce the combination of instructional and support expenses… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 16, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City! Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Georgia’s First City on Wednesday, July 29, as we take our annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day on the road again this year with a luncheon event in the beautiful Stoddard Room at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. Meet Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank; Benita Dodd, Foundation vice president, and keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Scafidi,  Georgia’s foremost education expert, at the noon Policy Briefing Luncheon celebrating the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. Registration is $30; register online here by Monday, July 27. … View Article

Friday Facts: June 5, 2015

It’s Friday! Events July 29: Mark your calendar! The Foundation takes the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event to Savannah for a Policy Briefing Luncheon. The speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. $30. Register here. October 15: Registration is open for the sixth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Review the 2014 Forum here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate ($100) applies until Friday, September 4. Register here.  Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. Quotes of Note “But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of… View Article
Jason Bedrick, policy analyst at the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, testified before the Georgia Education Reform Commission last week and presented recommendations for improving Georgia’s school choice programs. Read a transcript of his remarks here.… View Article

Friday Facts: May 29, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “There’s something that stinks to high heaven about a government racket in which businesses profit from government subsidies, and then turn around and employ lobbying organizations to lobby for more tax dollars.” – Stephen Moore “Transit today is, in almost all U.S. markets, slower than driving. People who depend on transit can reach fewer jobs than those who have automobiles available. Some people use transit by choice, for instance to save money (if they need to pay for parking), and the rest without choice. In my opinion, it is more important to spend scarce public dollars to improve options for those without choices than to improve the choices for those who already have alternatives.… View Article

Friday Facts: May 15, 2015

It’s Friday! Events June 23-25: The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s Sixth Annual IHC Forum & Expo in Atlanta highlights the innovations and changes in health and benefits. Register by May 31 and save $100 with the early bird rate. October 15: Mark your calendar! The sixth annual Legislative Policy Forum, takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” expanding on the Georgia motto of, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.” Details to follow; review the 2014 Forum here. Quotes of Note “Incentives-based economic policies are harmful to economic growth. By definition they transfer control over resource use from the more efficient setting of private sector resource owners and entrepreneurs to the… View Article

Are Micro-Schools the Future of Education?

Technology is enabling a tremendous amount of innovation in the K-12 space. One interesting development has been dubbed the micro-school. “Micro-schools are gaining traction among families who are dissatisfied with the quality of public schooling options and cannot afford or do not want to pay for a traditional private-school education. These families want an option other than home schooling that will personalize instruction for their child’s needs.” says Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, in a recent article “The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools.” Wired Magazine profiled a micro-school, AltSchool, in its May 2015 edition: Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education. Acton Academy is another model. You can watch co-Founder Jeff… View Article
By Russ Moore While you were distracted by this year’s transportation funding or Opportunity School District debates – or possibly ignoring the Legislature entirely – Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and both parties in both chambers unanimously set a tiny pebble rolling from the top of the mountain known as Public Education. That pebble may become an avalanche leading to an earthquake or, as we policy geeks like to say, a “Paradigm Shift.” Fortunately, the tectonic plates crumbling are Irrelevance, Dropouts and Waste, and the new Himalayas rising will be named Relevance, Graduation and Productive Citizenship. The context: For years, Georgia has ranked near the bottom of states in the quality of public education. Say what you will… View Article

Friday Facts: May 8, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Tuesday is the deadline to register for, “License to Work,” the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, May 14, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will focus on jobs, licensing and the role of government. The event is open to the public. $30. For information and registration, go here. October 15: Mark your calendar! The sixth annual Legislative Policy Forum, takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” expanding on the Georgia motto of, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.” Details to follow; review the 2014 Forum here. Quotes of Note “In moments of crisis, the initiative passes to those… View Article

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