Tag: Education Reform

Could Georgia Education Funding Reform Impact Achievement?

The very first recommendation in the final report from the Georgia Education Reform Commission was this: Develop a student-based funding formula. What does this mean? According to education experts from the Reason Foundation, under a student-based budget, “Actual dollars follow students to the school level to be spent flexibly by school leaders.” In addition to enhancing equity and transparency, research has shown this can enhance student achievement. The Reason Foundation’s Director of Education, Lisa Snell, speaking at a school finance forum hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, noted a study that found, “holding all else constant, a school district that allocated 50 percent of its FY2011 budget to weighted student formula, where money follows the student, is nearly 10… View Article
By Mike Klein There is a tendency here in Georgia to consider that school choice is an open question.  This is particularly true because of the high stakes – you might want to call it angst – on both sides of the charter schools commission constitutional amendment question that will be decided by voters in November.  Another view suggests the national battlefield has already begun to move. “This debate has been won to a large degree,” says University of Arkansas economist and education policy analyst Jay Greene.  His school choice preference is at odds with traditionalists who would put four walls, a ceiling, a floor and locked doors around public school students. “There are still dinosaurs walking the earth who… 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

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been a catalyst for common sense proposals—and elected officials are listening and reacting.

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