Senior Policy Analyst, K-12 Education

Stephen Owens

Stephen is a senior policy analyst at GBPI, where he focuses on state polices and research that affect public K-12 education in Georgia.

Prior to joining GBPI in 2018, Stephen was a research and data analyst at the Georgia Department of Education. He created data visualizations to help district and state policymakers better understand school outcomes, assisted in the creation of Georgia’s plan to implement federal education legislation (the Every Student Succeeds Act), and produced analyses that shaped public policy for Georgia’s schools.

Stephen graduated from the University of Georgia, where he holds a doctorate with a focus on education policy. His dissertation centered on state-level agenda formation.

Recent Posts by Stephen

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Georgia at a Crossroads: Raising Revenues Sensibly or Forcing Schoolchildren to Pay for Years to Come

Key Takeaways: Due to COVID-19, Georgia revenues are lagging. State leaders must either raise new revenues or make …

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Crises Demand Counselors: Pandemic Underscores Need for More School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals

Key Takeaways School closures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that students are not receiving the mental health …

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Online Instruction Could Leave Rural Schools, Vulnerable Students Behind

Recently, Gov. Kemp ordered the state’s public schools to close for the remainder of the academic year in …

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Potential Voucher Expansion Leaves Students and Parents at a Loss

Bill Analysis: Senate Bill 386 (LC 49 0125) Established in 2007, the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) is …

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What Are School Vouchers?

Vouchers Overview Georgia legislators have debated educational vouchers since the 1950s.[1] A school voucher is an amount of …

Kids at Whiteboard K-12 Education

Overview: Georgia’s 2021 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

Governor Kemp’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2021 provides Georgia’s public schools $10.9 billion, a $272 million increase above current funding. The largest single addition provides funding for …

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Reject Policies that Make Education Less Fair Across Georgia

Last fall we published a report exploring the connection between Georgia’s legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and …

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State of Education Funding in Georgia (2020)

Georgia’s public schools are funded through a law passed in 1985 called the Quality Basic Education Act, or …

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Education in Georgia’s Black Belt: Policy Solutions to Help Overcome a History of Exclusion

Georgia lawmakers must address the legacy of exclusion that students in the Black Belt region face.

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Georgia’s K-12 Equalization Grants Explained

The state of Georgia has a constitutional obligation to provide every child with an “adequate public education.”[1] Over …

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Georgia Education Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2020

You can download and share all the images and charts in the Education Primer by clicking here.  This …

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Teachers Retirement System of Georgia Explained

State lawmakers introduced several bills in the 2019 legislative session that could significantly alter the Teachers Retirement System …

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