March 31, 2021 Atlanta — Parents of school-age children can breathe easier after the Georgia General Assembly approved the Learning Pods Protection Act, Georgia Public Policy Foundation President and CEO Kyle Wingfield said today. Parents needed the certainty that learning pods would be protected from overregulation, Wingfield said. “Remote learning, for one reason or another, is here to stay,” Wingfield said, “and some public school districts have already announced they will offer it as a full-time option in the fall. But we also saw earlier this month that, with severe … Continue Reading →
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s November 30, 2020, edition published an op-ed by Georgia Public Policy Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi and Heidi Holmes Erickson that highlighted the benefits of Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship program to taxpayers and students. The op-ed can be read in its entirety below; access it on the newspaper’s website here. OPINION: Private school scholarships are win for students and taxpayers By Heidi Holmes Erickson and Benjamin Scafidi Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program provides substantial net savings to Georgia taxpayers as well as higher educational attainment among scholarship … Continue Reading →
By Kyle Wingfield To: Richard Woods, State Schools SuperintendentFrom: A Georgia public schools graduate, parent and observerRe: Standardized testing Dear Mr. Woods, Last month, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made clear she wouldn’t waive federal testing requirements as you’d requested. You responded by railing against “high stakes testing” and proposing in its place no-stakes testing. The state Board of Education, however, rejected your proposal. Now you’re seeking public comment on the board’s compromise plan to make the tests worth half as much as usual. As your public-comment portal does not … Continue Reading →
This commentary by Dr. Gary Voccio, Director of Public Health for Northwest Georgia, was published May 3 in Hometown Headlines of Greater Rome and is excerpted with permission. By Dr. Gary Voccio Are we ready to open up? Doesn’t matter. We’re going to; we can’t exist otherwise. The real question is how we reopen in a way that gives us our best chance to stay open. If we do it wrong, the pandemic will speed up again, our hospitals will get overrun again, and we’ll need to go into lockdown … Continue Reading →
“Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” a policy briefing with Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky.
Kennedy Atkins has joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as a Development Associate and will focus on donor relations and outreach.
Foundation makes global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List for second consecutive year!
Foundation’s a Global Go-To think tank!
Foundation President Kelly McCutchen was one of several state experts asked by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss the future of health care. His comments as reported in the newspaper on Sunday, September 2, 2017, are published below; subscribers can watch all the interviews online here and read them here. Georgia health care has many voices, one message: Time to act By Ariel Hart and Tamar Hallerman The Atlanta Journal-Constitution invited leaders in Georgia health care to talk about federal, state and personal actions that can help Georgians. These statements are … Continue Reading →
The Marietta Daily Journal’s “Around Town” column of Tuesday, February 14, 2017 quoted Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the Cobb County Commission’s plan to implement across-the-board increases based on a consultant’s recommendation. The item is published below and can be accessed online here. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE AROUND TOWN: Commissioners to weigh $8.3 million pay increase for county employees THIS MORNING, after presumably kissing their spouses, county commissioners will decide whether to give county employees an $8.3 million valentine. But before they make that decision, there are … Continue Reading →
Foundation’s hopes for 2017-18
Atlanta Business Chronicle quotes Benita Dodd on toll lanes.
Foundation argues for managed competition in government projects, instead of just consultants.
Georgia tax cut proposals are aimed at keeping pace with North Carolina, one of Georgia’s chief jobs competitors.
Kelly McCutchen calls tax-reform proposal fair.
Wednesday’s breakfast fell in the middle of “School Choice Week” in Georgia, during which more than 400 events are scheduled across the state in observance of it.
The AJC quotes the Foundation on school spending.
America should be taking the lead, exploring and utilizing domestic natural resources responsibly.
Georgians, by a wide margin, support tax credits and scholarships for private-school tuition.