November 14, 2018 10:19 AM
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.