Tag: Georgia Charter Schools

Increase sought in Ga. Tax Credit Scholarships

School choice: The $58 million donation cap for Georgia’s tax-credit scholarship program was reached just 22 days into the new tax year. As a result of this overwhelming demand to help Georgia parents choose private education, legislation has been introduced in the Georgia General Assembly to increase the cap to $100 million. By comparison, Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program, the nation’s largest, is capped at $286.25 million. It was established in 2001. Find out more about school choice in the nation in, “School Choice in the States January 2014,”  the Friedman Foundation’s latest brief. Find out how you can volunteer your contribution to school choice through the Georgia Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Learn more about the Georgia… View Article

Georgians Embrace School Choice

By Benita M. Dodd  For proponents of school choice, there’s heart-warming encouragement in the (January 22) announcement this week that the state has already reached the 2014 cap in contributions to Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which funds choices in education for Georgia’s children.   That’s $58 million volunteered by generous and committed taxpayers in the first three weeks of the year, a clear sign that there is room for school choice funding to grow.  Competition is a fine incentive, judging by the pricing and quality options it offers to discerning consumers. So it is with education choice, allowing schools and modes of education to compete to fill students’ varied needs and parents to free their children from low expectations or… View Article

Sign Up to Celebrate School Choice Week on Jan. 28

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION January 21, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Attend ‘School Choice and Georgia: An Update,’ on Jan. 28 Atlanta – Have you signed up yet to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s January 28 Leadership Breakfast celebrating National School Choice week? The 8 a.m. event, “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” at Cobb County’s Georgian features a panel discussion with three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the State Capitol that day! This event… View Article

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program of the same name used to air on the George Soros-funded Air America Radio, railed against state think tanks – and specifically referred to the Georgia… View Article

Friday Facts: August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013   It’s Friday! The deadline is MONDAY to register for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club on Wednesday, August 28. Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation transportation analyst, will unveil a new study on transportation proposals for metro Atlanta and Georgia. $30. Information: http://tinyurl.com/msf7j3z. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ln9lmhv. Quotes of Note “When the government goes into business it lays a tax on everybody else in that business, and uses the money that it collects from its competitors to establish a monopoly and drive them out of business.” – Calvin Coolidge “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a… View Article

Friday Facts: August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013  It’s Friday! Congratulations to the winners of tickets to the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Forum: Lynda Whitt Chapman, Jeffrey Cole Copeland and Heather Moody Breeden.  Events August 15: Just 25 seats remain for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum, the national organization’s annual daylong event for elected officials, policy analysts and government affairs professionals to confer and strategize about the top public policy issues of the day. It’s in Atlanta this year! Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Tax Reform and Energy. The Foundation will participate in an energy roundtable discussion. Find out more and register at http://eif.heartland.org/. August 28: Register now for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the… View Article

Friday Facts: July 19, 2013

 July 19, 2013  It’s Friday! Quotes of note  “Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. … There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.” – Margaret Thatcher “The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.” – Friedrich von View Article

Education Reform: Chalk It Up to Technology

By Benita M. Dodd It’s big. In fact, “massive” is a more apt description of the change overtaking education in Georgia. Some are hanging for dear life onto the “old school” ways, but technology is dragging them, kicking and screaming, into approaches that will forever disrupt the class. In just the month of May, even as schools closed for the summer break, three “massive” announcements shook the education establishment:  Georgia Tech, one of the nation’s top research universities, announced that in the next semester its College of Computing will offer the first online Master of Science degree in computer science that can be earned completely through the “Massive Open Online Course,” or MOOC, model. The degree’s cost is expected… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 21, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Education Innovator Michael Horn Keynotes June 6 Foundation Event Atlanta – When is disrupting class a good idea? When you’re trying to disrupt the current factory-based education system to transform learning into a student-centric approach where all students can achieve their full potential. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of the education practice of the Clayton Christensen Institute, knows just how to do that. Horn will keynote, “Customize The Class,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The co-author of the book, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 20, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Turnaround Expert Sajan George Keynotes May 23 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – George Washington Carver said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Register by Tuesday (May 21) to hear Sajan George, one of the nation’s leading experts in unlocking that door for struggling students. George discusses, “The Future of Education,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. George is CEO and founder of Matchbook Learning, a unique blended model of school launched nationally in 2011 to initially target the bottom 5 percent of under-performing public schools and to eventually deliver blended learning solutions… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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