Do Your Legislators Make the Grade?
Every day, students receive easy-to-understand grades so they and their parents are informed about their performance in the classroom.
It is also important for the public to know how our state leaders are performing in their efforts to improve education in Georgia. So just like students, Georgia lawmakers are receiving grades on their education record on our new interactive Legislator Report Card website.
Using important education votes since 2007, each legislator received grades in three categories that are important to improving education: private school choice, charter schools, and public school reform. They also received a grade for their overall performance.
Click here to see your legislators' grades on our easy to search database.
Survey Shows Parents Overwhelmingly Satisfied with the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship
Parents with students using theGeorgia Special Needs Scholarshipare overwhelmingly satisfied with their child's school, according to a new survey just released by the Center for an Educated Georgia.
The report, titled "Special Needs, Exceptional Results," also reveals that parents rate their child's experience at a private school significantly higher than their previous public school experience.
"The Special Needs Scholarship was vital to us. It has allowed us to place our child at a learning institution that has the flexibility to teach children at their own pace," said a surveyed parent.
In the survey, parents of children receiving the scholarship were asked about their child's experience at their former public school and their current private school. The survey results indicate that parents who utilized the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship were often unhappy with various aspects of their local public school.
For example, only 20 percent of surveyed parents were "very satisﬁed" or "satisﬁed" with the academic progress their child with special needs was making in their former public school, while 98 percent were "very satisﬁed" or "satisﬁed" with academic progress in their current private school.
Almost all the surveyed parents were also satisﬁed with their current private school's safety, quality of teachers, amount of individual attention, and ability to meet their child's special needs.
Click here to review the full report.
Three Students Win Inaugural Storytelling Competition
Sarah Estes is one of the contest winners.
After receiving dozens of excellent stories from K-12 students across the state, one student from elementary, middle, and high school were selected as winners of CEG's 2012 Faces of School Choice and Education Reform Storytelling Competition.
The entries demonstrate the life-changing impact that school choice and innovative public education reforms are having on Georgia students across the state.
The elementary winner Sarah Ashley Estes is a fifth grader who attends The Bedford School in Fairburn, Georgia. "My school is the best for me because it helps me learn the best," Estes said.
Jose Ovalle was the middle school winner. Jose is an eighth grader at thePATH Academy, a public charter school in Atlanta. "If a teacher sees that you are struggling then the teachers will help you out," Ovalle said. "I know this because this has happened to me before."
The high school winner, Christina Stapler, is a ninth grader at Strong Wall Academy - a private school in Atlanta. "My class for exceptional learners like me at Strong Wall Academy makes me feel included in the school," Stapler said.
Bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn was the judge in the competition. All three students will be awarded with a $50 gift card, will have portions of their stories aired on radio, and will receive a party at their respective schools, sponsored by CEG.
To read the full winning stories visit www.educatedgeorgia.org/faces.
Families Celebrate School Choice at Turner Field
On Tuesday July 31, 2012, the Center for an Educated Georgia and the Georgia Parent Network for Better Education took part in Friedman Legacy Day, an international effort celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Friedman, the late Nobel Prize winner who is considered one of the 20th century's leading economists. Over 75 school choice supporters attended the Atlanta Braves game for free to celebrate and build momentum for the national school choice movement and educate the public on school choice options. Families were treated to free Kona Ice snow cones served from the Kona Ice Truck. In addition to cooling off with snow cones, parents and students signed the school choice pledge and took part in the National School Choice Weekcampaign to show why they support school choice. Passers-by were also educated on school choice in Georgia, receiving information on various options. Many of them receive information, signed the pledge and took pictures in support of school choice in Georgia.
CEG Match Campaign Extended
Generous CEG partners have extended the deadline for our match campaign. Any donation completed by December 31, 2012 will be doubled! A gift of any size will have an impact and support our work improving education in Georgia.
Click here to make your donation today!
Check Out the Top Education News Stories of the Day
Interested in the latest education news in Georgia and across the country? The Center for an Educated Georgia compiles a list of news stories each day and posts them on our website.
Visit www.educatedgeorgia.org/headlines for links to each day's top education news.