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Survey Says: Trouble for Schools

Posted October 15, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

Georgia school districts report that classrooms are more crowded than ever and students are spending fewer days in school due to substantial cuts in state funding. These developments do not encourage effective teaching or learning, and may undermine learning and limit success in school for the state’s growing number of… [Read more]

Access to Quality Pre-K Classrooms Key to Georgia Remaining a Leader in Early Learning

Posted August 30, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

Georgia’s reputation as a leader in early childhood education is slipping away. Despite an abundance of evidence that early learning is a key to success later in life, particularly for low-income and at-risk youth, recent spending cuts mean Georgia’s Pre-Kindergarten program will serve 2,000 fewer children in the coming school… [Read more]

As state shirks its funding responsibility, school systems feel squeeze

Posted July 18, 2012 by Cedric Johnson


Posted by Cedric Johnson

As published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Get Schooled with Maureen Downey).

Here is an opinion piece from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s policy analyst Cedric Johnson on the budget deficit that counties across the state of Georgia will face this coming… [Read more]

Are Georgia’s Leaders Willing to Strengthen Education Policies?

Posted May 17, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

Georgia’s education policies – including the way it awards HOPE scholarships — create barriers to college education for minorities and the poor, says a report released by the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE) at the University of Pennsylvania. “In their current form, Georgia’s higher education policies are… [Read more]

FY 2013 Budget Analysis: PK-12 Education

Posted May 17, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

The FY 2013 Budget Analysis: PK-12 Education report reviews the enacted FY 2013 budget and the impact it has on early childhood and K-12 education.   Education leaders face the challenge of educating more than 1.7 million youth in a new normal environment – largely defined by fewer available resources at… [Read more]

FY 2013 Budget Analysis: Higher Education

Posted May 17, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

A review of the enacted FY 2013 budget for Higher Education examines the new normal era of fewer resources and heightened expectations for Georgia’s education leaders. Georgia’s university and technical college systems have experienced steady growth in enrollment over the last decade while enduring decade-long cuts in state funding.
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HOPE Awards and HOPE Dollars, Distribution of Hope Benefits by Institution and Household Income

Posted May 10, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

Examining HOPE awards across household incomes, by institution, and factoring in tuition costs provides a telling picture of the distribution of HOPE dollars.
The majority of HOPE awards go to students from households with incomes of $100,000 or less. However, a disproportionate share of HOPE dollars fund scholarships for students… [Read more]

Follow the HOPE Dollars …

Posted April 18, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

Georgians living in counties with higher median household incomes receive a disproportionate share of HOPE dollars.
The number of HOPE awards doesn’t give an accurate account for how HOPE dollars are distributed.  The amount of HOPE dollars flowing to Georgia’s 159 counties must also be considered.
GBPI’s report, “HOPE[Read more]

HOPE for Whom? For Some it Doesn’t Pay to Play the Georgia Lottery

Posted April 16, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

To meet 21st century business demands, Georgia must get more students into colleges, universities and technical schools, and make sure they graduate with skills that will help them, their families, and the state secure a prosperous future.
This policy report examines lottery sales and HOPE benefits across Georgia’s 159 counties.… [Read more]

Bill Analysis: House Bill 824 | K-12 Education Equalization Program

Posted February 17, 2012 by Cedric Johnson

House Bill 824 Makes Changes to Georgia’s K-12 Education Equalization Program
House Bill 824 (HB 824) makes changes to the state’s K-12 education Equalization Program, which provides state funding to low-wealth school systems across Georgia. Proposed changes in HB 824 improve the program by shifting a larger portion of equalization… [Read more]