Foundation Welcomes Georgia Legislature’s Protection of Learning Pods

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 →

Study Shows Long-term Benefits in Georgia Education Scholarship Accounts

Education savings accounts could increase Georgia’s graduation rates and workers’ lifetime earnings as well as reduce crime and its related costs, according to a study released today by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. During the pandemic, while private schools and public charter schools have offered in-person learning, many traditional public schools have been fighting for the opposite, notes researcher Corey DeAngelis in his study, “Funding Students Instead of Institutions: The Economic Impacts of Universal Education Savings Accounts in Georgia.” Education savings accounts, also known as education scholarship accounts or ESAs, … Continue Reading →

Foundation Welcomes Feds’ OK of Healthcare Waivers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Seema Verma, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced today that the federal government will approve Georgia’s healthcare waiver requests, both for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, released this statement in response: The Foundation has worked for years on policies that would enable all Georgians and their families to have a say in their healthcare options and affordability. The federal waivers approved today are an important step in … Continue Reading →

Foundation Releases ‘Guide to The Issues 2020’

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 1, 2020 Contact: Keara Vickers Kearav@georgiapolicy.org 404-256-4050 Foundation Releases ‘Guide to The Issues 2020’ Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation released its Guide to The Issues 2020 today, providing policy recommendations on 13 critical areas that state policymakers are expected to – and should – tackle in the upcoming legislative session and the near future. Distributed by the Foundation for more than two decades, the Guide to The Issues is published online this year. Georgia-focused policy proposals are rooted in the Foundation’s guiding … Continue Reading →

Foundation Names Communications Director

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release September 16, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd Benita@georgiapolicy.org 404-256-4050 Foundation Names Keara Vickers Communications Director Atlanta – Digital marketing professional Keara Vickers joined the staff of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on September 14, 2020, as Communications Director. Vickers comes to the Foundation from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was Associate Director for Advancement Communications, responsible for strategy and implementation of social media outreach across a variety of platforms. Before that, she managed social media for Reason Magazine and managed social media, email marketing and website … Continue Reading →

Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release June 30, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrated today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Montana violated the U.S. Constitution by excluding religious schools from the state’s tax credit scholarship program that enabled students to attend private schools. Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, called the ruling “a validation of the right of parents to choose the best education option for their children.” “This landmark … Continue Reading →

News Release: Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 21, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short Even before COVID-19, a problem existed Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Reason Foundation released an Issue Analysis today that examines recent legislation intended to address the out-of-control costs in the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. “Proposed Reforms to Georgia’s Teacher Pension System Missed the Mark,” the Issue Analysis by Reason Foundation’s Jen Sidorova and Len Gilroy – who is also a Senior Fellow with the Georgia Public … Continue Reading →

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 20, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation President Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses Atlanta – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement today that some businesses closed because of COVID-19 will be allowed to begin reopening on Friday, April 24, (with appropriate precautions) was welcomed as a timely first step by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The broader public health state of emergency Kemp declared statewide will continue through May 13. “The strictest measures on Georgians always had to … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Names Director of Policy and Research

News Release | For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Names Director of Policy and Research Atlanta – Christopher Denson has joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as Director of Policy and Research. Denson brings to the Foundation nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare arena in Georgia, most recently as Director of Outreach at HCA Memorial Health, a 612-bed Level 1 trauma center serving a 32-county region in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Before that, he was Manager of Health Policy Consulting for Leavitt Partners … Continue Reading →

News Release: Legislature’s Tax Relief Efforts ‘Commendable’

News Release | For Immediate Release March 9, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation CEO Calls Legislature’s Tax Relief Efforts ‘Commendable’ Atlanta — Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kyle Wingfield praised the Georgia General Assembly today for continuing to work on tax relief for Georgians as the session moves toward Crossover Day on Thursday. “Georgia’s hardworking citizens and small business owners deserve to keep more of the dollars they earn. It’s commendable and encouraging that our legislators are working to keep the commitment made in 2018 legislation: to lower the income tax rate,” Wingfield … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

News Release | For Immediate Release January 31, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” of 2019 in a survey released this week by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation – a sister think tank in the State Policy Network – are the only U.S. state-based free-market think tanks ranked as “Best Independent … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute

News Release | For Immediate Release December 12, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Atlanta – Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, released this statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court Special Master’s recommendation in the 6-year-old “water wars” dispute between Florida and Georgia: The finding by New Mexico federal Judge Paul Kelly is the only reasonable outcome after Florida’s unfounded accusations. While couched in environmental concerns, the cap Florida sought on Georgia’s water usage in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin through 2050 has … 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 Welcomes Kyle Wingfield as Next President and CEO

Georgia native Kyle Wingfield, AJC columnist, to succeed McCutchen.

Foundation Ranks on Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

Foundation’s a Global Go-To think tank!

Rogers Wade Named to Georgia Trend’s 2018 Most Influential Hall of Fame

Foundation Board Chair Rogers Wade is honored in Georgia Trend Hall of Fame

Foundation Mourns Passing of Dr. Michael H. Mescon, 2016 Freedom Award Recipient

“Pied Piper of Private Enterprise” has enormous legacy.

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Coalition Letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Coalition letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

News Release: Coalition Urges Administration to Champion Choice Agenda

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 7, 2017 Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050  Foundation Joins National Coalition Urging Trump Administration To Champion Constitutionally Focused Education Choice Agenda Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has joined a dozen state and national organizations that champion education choice in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today to praise her outspoken commitment to parental choice in education.  The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing the need to remain true … Continue Reading →