Georgia Ranks 8th In Parent Power Index For Education
The Center for Education Reform has released its “Parent Power Index”, ranking states according to options for family driven education options. Georgia ranks 8th in the nation, but still receives a grade of “C”.
Georgia receives it’s highest marks for Transparency (95%) and teacher quality (82%). Lower marks are received for access to Charter Schools (75%) and School Choice (68%). The state received no points (0%) for personalized learning.
Georgia is at a turning point for school choice. Last weeks elections likely saved Student Scholarship Organizations (SSO’s), as Stacey Abrams had vowed to eliminate them.
This morning, Geoff Duncan announced his leadership team, which includes former state Representative and unapologetic school choice advocate Mike Dudgeon. (Chip Lake will be Chief of Staff, and John Porter also to serve on Duncan’s team.) That, combined with Senator Lindsey Tippins recently clipped wings, will likely find a Georgia Senate considering significantly more school choice proposals.
So, Georgia currently ranks 8th, but there’s significant room for improvement. The election results and subsequent leadership changes indicate that new leadership may be more willing to close the gap between #8 and #1.
Oh, man, I can’t wait to have more choice to either send my child to either a school district impoverished by school vouchers, a lowest-bidder for-profit school, or a private school I can only wish I could afford!
What I would like to see more parent (and tax payers in general) involvement in the school board process. Do you know how many parents I see at board meetings? ( I either attend, watch, or read the minutes of over 50 Georgia board a month.) Unless their child is getting an award, or they are outrage over something at the school their child goes to, no one really pays attention to school boards or their meetings. Outside of personnel, all major choices by a system have to be done by a board vote, and there is a paper trail if you look for it on how they got to that decision and what or who was the driving force for it.
So my daughter goes to GPS not a county school. Maybe one day I will get a voucher check or at least not have to pay school property taxes as I am no buden to the school system.