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Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

It’s Friday! What they’re saying about the Foundation: Watch Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute credit the Foundation for helping educate Georgians about a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Quotes of Note  “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. … It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to… View Article
By Ben Scafidi BENJAMIN SCAFIDI Cuts to family budgets have been significant since the Great Recession began in late 2007. Likewise, cuts to public school budgets in Georgia – and nationally – have been significant as well. That said, the economic challenges facing public schools during the Great Recession need to be put in historical context. A recent Georgia State University policy brief reported an 18.9 percent increase in the state’s public school teachers between 2001 and 2012, and a 28 percent increase in school-based administrators.  The report did not mention the increase in students during that same period: 16.6 percent. Thus, in 2012 public school students in Georgia had proportionately more staffing than students had in 2001. Put differently,… View Article

Increase sought in Ga. Tax Credit Scholarships

School choice: The $58 million donation cap for Georgia’s tax-credit scholarship program was reached just 22 days into the new tax year. As a result of this overwhelming demand to help Georgia parents choose private education, legislation has been introduced in the Georgia General Assembly to increase the cap to $100 million. By comparison, Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program, the nation’s largest, is capped at $286.25 million. It was established in 2001. Find out more about school choice in the nation in, “School Choice in the States January 2014,”  the Friedman Foundation’s latest brief. Find out how you can volunteer your contribution to school choice through the Georgia Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Learn more about the Georgia… View Article

Georgia Dodges a Renewable Energy Bullet

Robert Bryce, senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes in The Wall Street Journal of February 2, 2014, that for years, greens and many on the political left have insisted that widespread adoption of renewable energy will create jobs and stimulate the economy. Now, however, both the European Union and the German government have announced separately that they are rolling back aggressive subsidies and mandates for renewable energy. “The reason: staggering costs. Spain has racked up some $35 billion in debt—known as the “tariff deficit”—thanks to excessive renewable-energy subsidies. In Germany, renewable-energy subsidies are now costing German consumers and industry about $32 billion a year. The costs have become so onerous that on Jan. 21 Germany’s economy and energy minister… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT February 3, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment Atlanta – Are you tired of out-of-control federal spending? Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday, February 26 for “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Galleria Centre featuring constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute. This event is open to the public. The charge is $25 to attend. Register online by Monday, February 24 at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. Dranias will discuss the non-partisan effort to promote and seek legislation by the states and the U.S. Congress to ratify a… View Article

Transit relic won’t help transportation

This op-ed appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 28, 2014. By Benita Dodd Watching the evolving justification for the Atlanta Streetcar project’s benefits is like watching a shell game. It’s anybody’s guess what reason will turn up next: mobility, congestion relief, economic development, environmental benefits or tourism. Only the naïve would place a bet. Back when it applied for a $47 million federal grant for the streetcar, the city predicted that “automobile trips will be diverted to the safer streetcar mode, which will thereby reduce accidents and increase pedestrian safety because more travelers will be using the streetcar instead of traveling by automobile.” (The application also admitted that more than 57 percent of the people within a quarter-mile of… View Article

Georgians Embrace School Choice

By Benita M. Dodd  BENITA DODD For proponents of school choice, there’s heart-warming encouragement in the (January 22) announcement this week that the state has already reached the 2014 cap in contributions to Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which funds choices in education for Georgia’s children.   That’s $58 million volunteered by generous and committed taxpayers in the first three weeks of the year, a clear sign that there is room for school choice funding to grow.  Competition is a fine incentive, judging by the pricing and quality options it offers to discerning consumers. So it is with education choice, allowing schools and modes of education to compete to fill students’ varied needs and parents to free their children from low… View Article

10 Critical Issues Facing Education

“After the past few years of increased accountability, budget cuts, arguments and infighting, 2014 will be a different year for all of us … and I hope for the positive,” writes Peter DeWitt in Education Week. “In education there are some very large issues that we have to contend with, and they are not all about accountability and mandates.” His Top 10 Critical Issues are, “the barriers that get in the way, or the important elements that we need to focus on in order to move forward and offer better opportunities to our students.” Among them: School Leadership – If you go on Twitter, you will find hundreds of school leaders who consider themselves “Lead Learners.” This is very important… View Article
By Sherri Ackerman (January 20, 2014) In just four short years, National School Choice Week has mushroomed nationwide from 150 events in 2010 to 5,500 at last count this year, with much of the growth attributed to a positive message and a powerful way of delivering it. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation holds its annual School Choice Week celebration, a Leadership Breakfast, on Tuesday, January 28 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The event is open to the public; find out more at http://tinyurl.com/ovkzx7g. “We don’t want to tell anyone that one choice is better than another one,’’ Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, told redefinED recently. Instead, “we’re celebrating effective education options for kids.’’ From traditional schools… View Article

Sign Up to Celebrate School Choice Week on Jan. 28

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION January 21, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Attend ‘School Choice and Georgia: An Update,’ on Jan. 28 Atlanta – Have you signed up yet to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s January 28 Leadership Breakfast celebrating National School Choice week? The 8 a.m. event, “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” at Cobb County’s Georgian features a panel discussion with three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the State Capitol that day! This event… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has hit another homerun with its Guide to the Issues. This is must reading for anyone interested in public policy in Georgia, and it is an outstanding road map for conservative, common sense solutions to our challengers of today and tomorrow.

Former Georgia Senate Minority Leader Chuck Clay more quotes