Tag: Georgia Charter Schools

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Hosts Friedman Legacy Day in Savannah July 29 Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only free-market, state-focused public policy research organization, at the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City on July 29: a Policy Briefing Luncheon at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. This event, sponsored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and the Friedman Foundation, celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner and school choice chamption Milton Friedman. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost education expert, will keynote the event, providing a preview of education issues at the Legislature and a review of the legacy of Milton Friedman.… View Article

Friday Facts: June 5, 2015

It’s Friday! Events July 29: Mark your calendar! The Foundation takes the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event to Savannah for a Policy Briefing Luncheon. The speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. $30. Register here. October 15: Registration is open for the sixth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Review the 2014 Forum here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate ($100) applies until Friday, September 4. Register here.  Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. Quotes of Note “But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of… View Article

The Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal

In 2011,  Lisa Coston of Courthouse News Service reported the findings of the Governor’s office of Student Achievement about widespread cheating at Atlanta Public Schools. (The report follows.) On April 10, 2015, following a six-month trial, 11 of 12 people in APS were convicted on charges that included racketeering. Atlanta Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, stricken by cancer, was excused for much of the proceedings and died during the trial. The prosecution team discussed the trial afterwards with WSB-TV. Watch it here. WABE interviewed Kathleen Mathers, who was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, that gives some background to the issue and the role played by her small staff, including Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow at the… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  As expected, transportation funding and the Governor’s proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia’s legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on how the 2015 legislative session affects the average Georgian.  Transportation: You will be paying about 3 cents per gallon in gas taxes more than you did over the last four years. This tax increase, along with annual fees on alternative fuel vehicles and heavy trucks and a $5-a-day charge on hotel and motel rooms, adds up to more than $900 million a year in needed transportation funding.  Legislators also fixed many problems with the Transportation Special Purpose… View Article

Friday Facts: April 10, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The professional licensing industry is filled with much more intrigue than one may assume. Regulation is often the product of a chummy relationship between elected officials and those in business who want to cut down on their competition to maximize profits. Every year, parades of people representing a variety of vocations travel to state capitols across the nation asking for their fields to be licensed and regulated.” – Scott Reeder “[W]e have a criminal-justice system with too many opportunities for generating defendants, too few inhibitions on prosecutors, and ongoing corrosion of the rule and morality of law. Congress, the ultimate cause of all this, has work to undo.” – George Will “America is a… View Article

A Reality Check on the School Choice Bogeymen

By Benjamin Scafidi Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children. One, (HB 35) would significantly increase the cap of $58 million on contributions to Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program. This program allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their state income tax liability to Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) that give scholarships to children to attend private schools. With the popularity of the program (based on two recent opinion polls), it’s no surprise the $58 million cap on donations for 2015 was met on Day 1, January 1. For reference, that $58 million is about three-tenths of 1 percent of what taxpayers spend on public… View Article

Georgia School Choice Creeps Forward

By Benita M. Dodd When National School Choice Week was launched in 2010, there were just 150 events around the nation, one of them the Georgia Policy Public Policy Foundation’s. This year, the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast on January 21 was one of 11,500 events marking this annual event. Officially, National School Choice Week takes place January 21-31. The Foundation’s 2014 event barely beat the January 28 ice storm that paralyzed Atlanta and cancelled the annual rally at the State Capitol. There’s no rally this year, either, but not for want of support. “We’ve had great attendance and enthusiasm from thousands of students, parents and legislators across the state in the past few years,” said Randy Hicks, whose Georgia Center for View Article

Friday Facts: January 23, 2015

It’s Friday! It’s National School Choice Week January 25-31, with 11,000 events scheduled! Find one near you at http://schoolchoiceweek.com/. If you missed our School Choice Week event, “School Choice: The Next Frontier,” with Dr. Ben Scafidi, view it on our YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/yJcVsle6BdM. Find photographs on Facebook here.  This week’s Friday Facts has a special focus: school choice! Tweet your views on the Foundation’s Twitter page @gppf with hashtag #scw and #gppf. Events February 18: “Transportation Money Matters,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast, featuring a panel discussion by Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation tackling Georgia transportation and funding solutions. $30. Register online by Monday,… View Article
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

Friday Facts: November 7, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government – and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.” – President Calvin Coolidge, August 11, 1924 “[E]very single day, I’m looking for how can we do what we need to do better. Whether that is delivering basic services the government provides to the American people, whether that is our capacity to… View Article

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