To the Georgia State Schools Superintendent, from a Georgia Public Schools Graduate

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 →

On COVID-19, Don’t Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good

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 →

Media Advisory: Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky Talks Election Integrity Aug. 27

“Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” a policy briefing with Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky.

Foundation Adds Development Associate Kennedy Atkins to Staff

Kennedy Atkins has joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as a Development Associate and will focus on donor relations and outreach.

Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

Foundation makes global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List for second consecutive year!

Foundation Ranks on Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

Foundation’s a Global Go-To think tank!

AJC Interviews Kelly McCutchen on the Future of Health Care

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 →

Marietta Daily Journal Quotes Foundation Over Pay Raises

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 →

AJC Publishes Foundation Op-Ed on 2017-18 Ga. Session

Foundation’s hopes for 2017-18

Atlanta Business Chronicle Quotes Foundation on Toll Lane Network

Atlanta Business Chronicle quotes Benita Dodd on toll lanes.

Marietta Daily Journal Editorial Quotes Foundation on Consulting Costs

Foundation argues for managed competition in government projects, instead of just consultants.

Atlanta Business Chronicle Quotes McCutchen on Ga. Tax Reform Bill

Georgia tax cut proposals are aimed at keeping pace with North Carolina, one of Georgia’s chief jobs competitors.

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Tax Reform Proposal

Kelly McCutchen calls tax-reform proposal fair.

Event

Marietta Daily Journal Covers National School Choice Week Event

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.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Quotes Foundation on School Spending

The AJC quotes the Foundation on school spending.

Foundation Responds to Op-Ed in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Response to Carbon Emissions Op-ed in Macon Telegraph

America should be taking the lead, exploring and utilizing domestic natural resources responsibly.

Morris News Reports on School Choice Poll Released at Foundation Event

Georgians, by a wide margin, support tax credits and scholarships for private-school tuition.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes our Op-Ed on Trade Authority

Free-trade agreements have benefited Georgia job creators.

Friday Facts: Making the News

Georgia Public Policy Foundaton Friday Facts, the pathway to news!