Category: The Forum

By Grace-Marie Turner ObamaCare will continue to barrel toward implementation in 2014, but its failings will become clearer and clearer every day. The law is in diametric opposition to the workings of our economy and the spirit of freedom on which this country was founded. This is not a political assessment but rather a recognition of the reality of the unworkability of the law — its mandates on otherwise free citizens who will resist, massive new entitlement spending we can’t afford, and centralization of decision-making over health care, even life and death decisions. We now face the very real danger, as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy warned, that this law will change “the relationship of the Federal Government to the… View Article

Charter Opponents Overplayed a Bad Hand and Lost Big

By Mike Klein Truthfully, the public charter schools constitutional amendment that Georgia voters approved Tuesday was a modest proposal that sends a message voters in the state will insist on public schools innovation, even small innovation which is where the state is with charter schools. The big stuff like linking teacher salaries to student academic performance and eliminating teacher tenure was voted on in other states.  We are not ready for those votes in Georgia. Perception is a significant percentage of reality.  Imagine the national perception that would have been created if Georgia became the first state to vote against a constitutional amendment that sought to expand public charter school options for parents. The amendment prevailed with 58 percent and… View Article
A comprehensive mathematical analysis of Georgia public school funding models has found local school systems that enroll nearly nine-out-of-ten public school students would experience increased resources when a student transfers to a new or existing state charter school.  This model is based on funding levels approved in 2012 by the Georgia General Assembly. Analyzing revenue and expenditures, Georgia Tech professor of economics Christine P. Ries based her calculations on the funding formula that would be used if voters approve Georgia Constitutional Amendment 1 on Tuesday, November 6.  Ries concluded that most of Georgia’s 180 local school systems enrolling 89 percent of all students statewide would gain rather than lose funds when students transfer to state charter schools. This analysis challenges… 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

Competition Can Add Jobs, Cut MARTA Losses

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita M. Dodd on Tuesday, October 30, that proposed MARTA’s deficit be reduced through managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing at the transit agency. Add jobs, cut losses By Benita Dodd The failure of MARTA, the backbone of Atlanta’s public transportation, will devastate the region’s workers and mobility. KPMG’s recent audit warns that on its current course, the transit authority is unsustainable: MARTA must cut $25 million a year. Managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing, is critical. There are two reasons to embrace this approach. First, Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith, as mayor of Indianapolis, identified government’s role in his “Yellow Pages” test: “If the phone book lists three companies… View Article

Think Hard About Education We Often Take For Granted

By Deloyce Dhoruba After my husband and I completed military service, we moved our family to Georgia from Fort Richardson, Alaska.  As service members we have seen public school systems all over the U.S. and in other countries as well. I grew up in Chicago and my husband in New Jersey and coming to Georgia, we were very disturbed about what we saw when it came to education. My husband and I are middle class.  We both work, we spend time in our children’s classrooms, and we always took the time to volunteer at their schools.  We have had two children in local public schools. Our 10-year-old daughter was part of the FOCUS Program for gifted students; our 17-year-old son… View Article

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