Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: December 10th, 2010

  It’s Friday!   Quotable – “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” – Benjamin Franklin – “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want of bread.” – Thomas Jefferson – “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. ” – Victor Borge   The economy and taxes – Christmas will cost 9.2 percent more this year over last year, according to the 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index, which annually tallies the cost of the… View Article

Joel Klein on Education Lessons Learned

Joel Klein had some interested comments in this weekend's Wall Street Journal: First, it is wrong to assert that students' poverty and family circumstances severely limit their educational potential. It's now proven that a child who does poorly with one teacher could have done very well with another.  … Second, traditional proposals for improving education—more money, better curriculum, smaller classes, etc.—aren't going to get the job done. Public education is a service-delivery challenge, and it must be operated as such.  … Our embrace of charter schools was especially controversial. But why should any student have to settle for a neighborhood school if it's awful? The debate shouldn't be about whether a school is a traditional or charter public school.… View Article

Friday Facts: December 3rd, 2010

  It’s Friday!   – Today is the deadline to register for, ABCs+D = The Virtual Success of Digital Learning, a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon at noon on Tuesday, December 7, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. The event will be keynoted by Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a member of the national Digital Learning Council, The cost to attend is $35. For information and to register, click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/2woqfhy.   Quotable – “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” – Edward Everett   Environment – Headlines that make you go hmm: “CDC: Lead contamination may be widespread in Washington, D.C.” Source: Washington Post – Mission creep: The federal Environmental Protection… View Article

Watch Digital Learning Commission Release Their Findings Live

Watch Jeb Bush and Bob Wise unveil 10 elements of quality digital learning this morning at 9:30 am live from the Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington DC. Click here to watch the unveiling LIVE at 9:30. The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning outline the roadmap for local, state and federal officials to integrate digital learning in education. The Digital Learning Council unites a diverse group of more than 100 leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and policy to develop the policies to advance digital learning. The panel includes Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Senator Rogers will be discussing the Council's recommendations and their implications for Georgia at the Foundation's December Policy Luncheon Briefing next View Article

2010 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

Speaker bios Pictures from the program Agenda and Video: Background materials and presentations are listed under each panel. Video from the event is posted below. Welcome: David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and Rep. Edward Lindsey, Chairman, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute. Breakfast keynote: Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, “The Power of Digital Learning for Georgia and the Country.” Introduced by Rep. Kathy Ashe. Conservative Budgeting: Less is more What innovative practices are state and local governments using to adjust to the “new normal” of lower tax revenues and budget shortfalls? Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform, Reason Foundation; Moderator:… View Article

Friday Facts: November 19th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Quotable – “[Legislators] like to control money and we like to control where children go [to school]. I think we need to break that mold. Whether it’s home school, charter school, virtual charter school, we have it in our Constitution to ensure that every child gets a quality education.” – Georgia State Representative Alisha Morgan – “President Obama was in India yesterday visiting our jobs. Tomorrow he goes to China to visit our money.” – Jay Leno   What’s happening at the Foundation – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the second annual Education Reform Conference on December 3 at theMarriott City Center Hotel & Centreplex in Macon. This year’s conference… View Article

Friday Facts: November 19th, 2010

It’s Friday!  Quotable – “The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes [and] delegated to that government certain definite powers and whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. … The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution the measure of its powers.”  … View Article

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Sticks With Business Leader To Run Nation’s Largest Public School System

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made billions in business, is absolutely consistent about whom he thinks should run the city’s public school system:  Business people.   Bloomberg proved that again Tuesday when he chose former Hearst magazines Chairwoman Cathleen P. Black to succeed Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving New York City schools for a job as executive vice president at News Corporation, the media goliath owned by Rupert Murdoch. New York City is the nation’s largest school system.  It has a $23 billion annual budget, 135,000 employees and some 1 million students.  That $23 billion annual budget is more than three times greater than the Georgia Department of Education’s $7.4 billion operating budget this fiscal year. Klein… View Article
By Eric Tresh Communications service providers offer voice, video and Internet access services to customers throughout Georgia. These services are provided by a number of different types of companies using a variety of broadband technologies. For example, telecommunications, satellite and Internet companies now offer video programming service. In addition, cable providers often have subsidiaries that provide voice services and a number of companies use the Internet to provide audio and video conferencing services. These services all benefit consumers and enhance productivity throughout the state. In addition to the benefits for consumers, broadband services are significant drivers of Georgia’s economy. Broadband providers invest hundreds of millions of dollars each year into Georgia’s economy, creating jobs and enhancing infrastructure. While technology has… View Article

Friday Facts: November 5th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Notable It’s not too late to register for the Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Saturday, Nov. 13. This daylong event features dozens of national and statewide experts on the top issues facing the state’s elected officials. Don’t miss a day of dynamic speakers and innovative ideas, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute. Click here and reserve your spot now! Keynote speakers are former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise on, “The Power of Digital Learning for Georgia and the Country,” and the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore on, “How to Make Georgia the Most Economically Competitive State in the Nation.” Find out more here: http://tinyurl.com/2cmyy3x. Quotable – “Removing the snake… View Article

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