Tag: Student Achievement

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
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

Friday Facts: May 1, 2015

It’s Friday! Events This painting by Steve Penley hangs in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office at the Georgia Capitol. May 14: The deadline is Tuesday, May 12, to register for, “License to Work,” the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on May 14 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will focus on jobs, licensing and the role of government. 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 View Article

The Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal

In 2011,  Lisa Coston of Courthouse News Service reported the findings of the Governor’s office of Student Achievement about widespread cheating at Atlanta Public Schools. (The report follows.) On April 10, 2015, following a six-month trial, 11 of 12 people in APS were convicted on charges that included racketeering. Atlanta Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, stricken by cancer, was excused for much of the proceedings and died during the trial. The prosecution team discussed the trial afterwards with WSB-TV. Watch it here. WABE interviewed Kathleen Mathers, who was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, that gives some background to the issue and the role played by her small staff, including Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow at the… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation As expected, transportation funding and the Governor’s proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia’s legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on how the 2015 legislative session affects the average Georgian.  Transportation: You will be paying about 3 cents per gallon in gas taxes more than you did over the last four years. This tax increase, along with annual fees on alternative fuel vehicles and heavy trucks and a $5-a-day charge on hotel and motel rooms, adds up to more than $900 million a year in needed transportation funding.  Legislators also fixed many… View Article

Friday Facts: April 10, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The professional licensing industry is filled with much more intrigue than one may assume. Regulation is often the product of a chummy relationship between elected officials and those in business who want to cut down on their competition to maximize profits. Every year, parades of people representing a variety of vocations travel to state capitols across the nation asking for their fields to be licensed and regulated.” – Scott Reeder “[W]e have a criminal-justice system with too many opportunities for generating defendants, too few inhibitions on prosecutors, and ongoing corrosion of the rule and morality of law. Congress, the ultimate cause of all this, has work to undo.” – George Will “America is a… View Article

Friday Facts: March 6, 2015

It’s Friday! Events March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Find out more here. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “Answer me in principle. I mean, is it not the case that if the only reasonable interpretation of a particular provision produces disastrous consequences in the rest of the statute, it nonetheless means what it says. Is that true or not?” – Justice Antonin Scalia, King v. Burwell “Unlike government bureaucracies, private firms in a competitive environment are eager to maximize the net returns of projects, so they find new ways View Article

A Reality Check on the School Choice Bogeymen

By Benjamin Scafidi BENJAMIN SCAFIDI Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children. One, (HB 35) would significantly increase the cap of $58 million on contributions to Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program. This program allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their state income tax liability to Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) that give scholarships to children to attend private schools. With the popularity of the program (based on two recent opinion polls), it’s no surprise the $58 million cap on donations for 2015 was met on Day 1, January 1. For reference, that $58 million is about three-tenths of 1 percent of what taxpayers spend… View Article

Friday Facts: February 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Events March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Find out more here. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “If you look at the Akamai State of the Internet report … or other objective data, there’s no question that America is better off, especially considering our relatively lower population density – in terms of deployment, speeds, prices, whatever metric you choose. Moreover, if you look at investment, in the U.S. it’s $562 per household. In Europe, it’s only $244.” – Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commissioner, on “net neutrality” “I’m not interested… View Article

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