A free and competitive marketplace of education choices that rewards innovation, efficiency and quality, one in which the funding follows the child, will provide families with the education that best meets their child’s needs. Priorities should include student-centered education, public charter schools, special-needs scholarships, tuition tax credit scholarships, online learning environments and a focus on high-school diplomas in the corrections system.

Chalking Up Successes in Georgia School Choice

By Benita M. Dodd

On the home front overall, the news about education options is encouraging. Georgia’s public charter schools’ enrollment increased during the COVID-19 pandemic even as enrollment in traditional public schools declined.

This week, public charter schools won back their…

‘State of the State’ as Varied as Georgia’s Landscape

At his State of the State address Thursday before a joint session of the Georgia Legislature, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp soothed agencies and Georgians with a pledge that his budget would contain no cuts, no furloughs and no new taxes.

An Analysis of the Fiscal and Economic Impact of Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit

Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense (QEE) Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a Georgia income tax credit for donating to nonprofit, tax exempt student scholarship organizations (SSOs). SSOs use these funds to provide scholarships to pre-K through 12th grade Georgia students, where these scholarships offset the cost of attending independent (private) schools.

Perfect Storm: COVID World Meets Hybrid Homeschools

Eric Wearne’s latest book offers a fascinating insight into a form of schooling developing in communities throughout the United States and gaining momentum in an unexpected period of educational uncertainty. 

Pandemic Pods, Parents’ Response to Fickle Schools

With more school districts around the country announcing classes either of full-time remote learning or hybrid learning where children spend up to a week at home at a time, increasing numbers of parents are taking matters into their own hands.

The Children Left Behind

As testing is cast by the wayside, American Enterprise Institute's Katharine Stevens’ latest work raises more concerns about our children’s future.
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Parents, the Pandemic and School Choice

It’s frustrating how little “public” is in Georgia public schools these days. Transparency is lacking, accountability is fading and students are struggling, academically, socially and emotionally.

Tests are Crucial to Measure Students’ Learning

Students need to learn, and teachers need to know if students are learning. How do we know if that’s happening? By giving tests.

Education Options Offer Hope to Struggling Students

For parents striving for a quality education for their children, it is maddening to see their children not getting the education they deserve.

Ingenuity, Innovation Illuminate Georgia’s Back-to-School Path

Despite the choices available to many, ultimately, the vast majority of Georgia’s families are waiting for their children to return to local public schools and brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Landmark Montana Case Advances Education Options

There are now two ways of defeating legal challenges to Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) programs whose beneficiaries include students attending religious schools.
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Education Options are Varied and Available

How do you ensure every child thrives and succeeds – academically, socially and emotionally – without endangering students or staff as health officials tackle the public health crisis?
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Simple Change in Law Can Save Georgia Taxpayers Over $80 Million

Dedicate Georgia’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) funds to EIP services and require all local systems to follow state guidelines when classifying students as EIP.

School Choice Can Help Ease Georgia’s Looming Fiscal Issues

If the Georgia Legislature does nothing, state and local taxpayers will be on the hook for at least $142 million to educate 17,000 more children in public schools in upcoming years, in addition to all the increased needs of unemployed Georgians.

Hybrid Home Schools Offer Families Options Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty

While everyone hopes to return to “normal” as soon as possible, the possibility certainly exists that come fall, the coronavirus will return.

Don’t Stand in the Way of Georgia Families’ Education Options

The hard-fought campaign to give Georgia families greater choice in how their children are educated is far from over.
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What’s the Biggest Problem Facing Schools Today?

The problems that often get the most attention in the media are not paramount in the minds of adults.

A Home Run for School Choice from ‘Miss Virginia’

By Andrew Wimer

Andrew Wimer

Imagine sitting in a Congressional hearing room listening to testimony from one of your opponents, a public high school principal. He tells the collected members of the House of Representatives that…

Leaving Cities: Millennials Aren’t Too Cool for School

Millennials are continuing their parents' pattern of leaving cities when their children reach school age.

Interpreting Graduation Rates: Not as Easy as ABC

The method may be consistent across states, but a “graduate” is not.