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Foundation Unveils Its New Web Site

Dear Friends of Georgia, More than 20 years ago, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established with the goal of promoting market-based public policy in our state. We began publishing a newsletter and occasional papers, holding policy events and sending out our weekly “Friday Fax.” About 15 years ago, we created our Web site to take advantage of Al Gore’s invention, the Internet, and started posting our papers and the Friday Fax. In 2003, we committed to publishing a weekly commentary and, as more people switched to e-mail, we gradually did away with the Friday Fax facsimile version (you did remember that’s what “fax” stands for?!) and renamed it the Friday Facts. We embraced social media and nowadays you can… View Article

Bank fees are on the rise

As the saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch. As we predicted in “How Dodd-Frank Price Controls Poach Peach State Prosperity,” the federal price controls enacted by Congress are having unintended consequences. CNN reports that “Checking accounts have been getting more expensive, as banks hike monthly costs, ATM charges and overdraft fees, according to a survey of more than 100 banks released Monday by bank comparison website MoneyRates.com. … These rising fees come as banks continue to look for ways to recoup revenue lost under the Durbin amendment, which took effect last October and limited the fees banks can charge retailers each time customers swipe their debit cards to make purchases, known as interchange View Article

Education Reform for the Digital Era

By Eric Wearne While many books, websites, and events exist to catalog new concepts in online education, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Education Reform for the Digital Era offers both a discussion and some practical solutions.  First, the editors, Checker Finn and Daniela Fairchild, describe three barriers to change which currently hinder online learning: Interest groups that try to either “capture the potential of technology to advance their own interests or to shackle it in ways that keep it from harming those interests”; The governance and financing structure of the current public school system; and, Issues of organizational capacity within the current public school system. The authors of the various chapters outline ways to address all three issues. First, regarding… View Article

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