Tag: Georgia Charter Schools Association

EVENT INVITATION December 2, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Celebrate National School Choice Week January 21, 2015 Atlanta – As you celebrate the Holiday Season, don’t forget to reserve your seat at the Georgia Public Foundation’s first event of 2015, a celebration of National School Choice Week. The Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club features keynote speaker Dr. Ben Scafidi on, “School Choice: The Next Frontier.” Dr. Scafidi is the state’s foremost education expert, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friedman Foundation, and ­the director of Kennesaw State University’s new Education Economics Center. This Leadership Breakfast, which is open to the… View Article

Capping Scholarships, Capping Opportunity

By Mike Klein Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year. “When their grandmother died we kept them,” said Anthony Phillips. “No court has ever said they belong to you. It just happened.” Phillips and his wife, Donna, are retired U.S. Army officers. He owns a logistics company and serves on the World Trade Center Savannah board of directors. Donna Phillips is a dentist and board member at a small Christian academy that was a large part of Carlethia’s life through ninth grade, when… View Article

School Choice, A Way to Fix Public Schools

By Ben Scafidi This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Dr. Ben Scafidi on July 10, 2014, at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.   I’ve been a Milton Friedman fan since I was an undergraduate and I am honored to be a Fellow at the Friedman Foundation. He has influenced me and influenced national policy so much. The legacy Friedman chose is the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. I want to read you some quotes from Milton and Rose Friedman about school choice. This is from 2003: “Our goal is to have a system in which every family in the U.S. will be able to choose for itself the school to which its… View Article
Morris News reported on the results of a school choice poll released at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 2014 Friedman Legacy for Freedom event held in Macon on July 10. Poll shows broad support for school choice By Walter C. Jones Morris News Service ATLANTA — Georgians, by a wide margin, support tax credits and scholarships for private-school tuition, according to a university survey released Thursday by a foundation that advocates school choice. The Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College & State University sponsored the poll that showed 81 of those questioned agree with state law that grants partial, tax-funded, tuition vouchers to the parents of handicapped students who prefer to send their children to private schools. A… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release July 10, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org New Poll Finds Georgians’ Support for School Choice Has No Political Boundaries Macon – A large majority of Georgians support school choice, and nearly all of those support choice for all Georgia students regardless of family income, according to a survey unveiled today at a Georgia Public Policy Foundation event in Macon. The 2014 Georgia Education Survey, conducted for the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College & State University, found that more than seven in 10 respondents (70.3 percent) approve of Georgia’s tax credit scholarships and more than eight in 10 respondents (80.5 percent) support Georgia’s scholarship program for… View Article
By Lindsey Burke Erika Hartley has two sons with Autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family. “If you’ve met one child with Autism,” she says, “You’ve met one child with Autism.” Fortunately, for her sons, Hunter, 11, and Jackson, 7, they live in Arizona, home to the first-in-the-nation education savings accounts. ESAs enable Hunter and Jackson attend Pieceful Solutions, a school that specializes in teaching children with special needs. The Hartleys can use any money left over after tuition for private tutoring, books, educational therapies and to pay for other education-related services and products. Now, some families in Florida will have access to this innovative approach to… View Article

Time to Restructure Testing?

By Kelly McCutchen  Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time.   Without a doubt, testing has a vital and necessary role in education. Why else would private schools test their students even though it is not mandated? When used appropriately, testing analyzes strengths and weaknesses, gaps in knowledge and progress toward the ultimate goal of graduation and success. In a perfect world, the results inform educators who then use that information to improve how they teach.   The current testing regime, however, isn’t living up to its… View Article
By Mike Klein This week a new report that contains almost six thousand lines of data tried to explain which Georgia schools and districts are the best and worst.  One improvement in the new formula gives increased emphasis to progress, that is, Jack and Jill marched up the hill even if they did not reach the pail of water. Trying and improving counts, too. But it is also fair to ask, does the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) treat alternative schools fairly?  Should alternative learning outside traditional models be evaluated the same or differently?  When a highly regarded alternative learning academy posts an abysmally low score, is that a reason to panic and question everything? Case in… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT March 31, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation’s April 24 Event: ‘School Choice: Big Gains in The Big Easy’  Atlanta – What does leadership in school choice look like? New Orleans, La.   What does leadership in school choice sound like? Matt Candler, chairman of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and CEO of 4.0 Schools.  Candler, an Atlanta native, is the keynote speaker at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Join Candler as he describes his team’s role in the disruption and transformation of education in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, leading to the most innovative and aggressive… View Article

Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

It’s Friday! What they’re saying about the Foundation: Watch Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute credit the Foundation for helping educate Georgians about a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Quotes of Note  “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. … It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to… View Article

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