Georgia Charter School Handbook


The Technical Assistance section of the Charter School Resource Center has been developed to provide in-depth information about charter school operations in Georgia under six main topics: Mission Statements; Curriculum; Finances and Facilities; Accountability and Assessment; Governance and Leadership;…

Is More Money the Answer to Budget Woes?

By Kelly McCutchen

Georgia’s economy appears to have finally turned the corner but the pressure on the budget continues. If the state fails to act quickly, Georgians may face a large tax increase in the near future.

The good news is that…

An Education on Charter Schools

By Dr. Holly Robinson and Eric Wearne

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) ignited a national controversy when it published a study recently that contends charter schools are underperforming compared with traditional public schools.

The controversy centers on how to evaluate the…

Georgia Taxpayers benefit When Money's Well Spent

By Kelly McCutchen

Anyone who’s dined out with a group of colleagues and made the mistake of agreeing beforehand to split the check evenly has experienced the sticker shock of a higher-than-expected bill.

It starts when someone who normally wouldn’t order dessert…

Obstruction of Justice: The State Crime Lab in Crisis

By Joe D. Whitley, Daniel J. Adamson

In today’s atmosphere of political pragmatism and fiscal responsibility, few people see government as a cure-all for society’s ills; instead, our elected officials increasingly look for solutions in partnerships…

Why Georgia Needs to Balance the Public-Private Playing Field

By Steve Langford

The rush by many Georgia cities to enter new businesses and expand existing ones, in direct and unfair competition with small and large private companies, poses the primary long-term fiscal challenge to Governor Barnes…

A Tune Up for Automobile Emission Testing

By Kenneth Green

There are only so many ways to improve air quality, and in places like Atlanta, where 30 to 40 percent of the air pollution comes from cars, emission systems maintenance of cars and trucks…

At a Crossroads, Kaiser Permanente Georgia Changed Course

By Mike Klein

Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Kaiser Permanente in Georgia found itself at a crossroads four years ago.  The popular health services and insurance provider was being phased out as a state government employees option, affecting…

Hundreds Lose Their Georgia Tax Credit Scholarships

Hundreds of Georgia students who received tax credit scholarships last year will receive either reduced help or no help this year. By Foundation Editor Mike Klein.

Metro Atlanta’s Congestion & Air Quality Conundrum: Shuttle-Vans to the Rescue?

By Laura Creasy

The Metropolitan Atlanta area continues to display one of the strongest and most diversified economies among major urban centers in the United States. Over the past few years, the Atlanta area has benefited from…

The Georgia Building Authority — Is Privatization the Answer?

By Steve Langford

After revelations of employees stealing money and other examples of poor management and lax control, Governor Roy Barnes has replaced the head of the Georgia Building Authority (GBA). Along with this change in leadership,…

What Ever Happened to the Tenth Amendment?

By Kelly McCutchen

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” — Tenth Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America

The best…

Competition Cuts Costs for Medicare Rx

By Ronald E. Bachman

Debate raged last year across the nation over the cost of the new Part D Medicare prescription drug benefit. Now that dueling economic models have been replaced by actual experience, actual results are in – and those…

What Are State-Owned Tidal Waters and Marshlands?

By Terry West

The following article originally appeared in the September 1998 issue of the Georgia Policy Review. 

Based on the Public Trust Doctrine of law, the lands beneath the waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide are…

No Time to Detour from Viable Transportation Solutions

By Benita M. Dodd

Traffic congestion in metro Atlanta, where half the vehicle miles traveled in Georgia are concentrated, is frequently blamed on land use patterns in a region derided as the poster child for sprawl. But just how…

Governing By Network Has Challenges, Rewards

By Benita M. Dodd

For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost, goes the rhyme. To Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard professor and former two-term mayor of Indianapolis, sometimes it’s for want of a water cooler that government opportunity is lost.

In their…

Why the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Is Bad for Taxpayers and Patients

By Nina Owcharenko

Medicaid needs reform, not expansion. This federal–state health care program provides health care to over 60 million Americans and consumes a growing portion of state and federal budgets. Research shows a long history of Medicaid enrollees having worse…

Battle's Not Over for Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By Jon Caldara

Why? Because principles matter.  That’s why.

That’s why the Independence Institute took a stand. While the whole of Colorado’s political machinery worked overtime to pass Referenda C and D, the Institute stood firm.

Dr. Linda Gorman, director of the Health…

What is Real Compassion?

By Lawrence W. Reed

In the last election campaign, we heard the word “compassion” at least a thousand times. Democrats have it, Republicans don’t. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By…

Presumptions on Water Quality can Pollute Minds

By Harold Brown

Projections of metro Atlanta’s deteriorating water quality are many and presumptive, usually with warnings of looming problems exploited as leverage for some cause or project.

According to numerous assessments, urban development is degrading water quality and impervious surfaces such…