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REPORT: FORTIFYING PATHWAYS
Published in December 2014, this report serves as an overview of the themes and key issues covered by GCO’s College and Career Pathways working group. It discusses the importance for Georgia to move away from big policy as a means of education reform, empower schools to take the reins of innovation and reform, and help students develop healthy habits through strong relational ties in order to see improved student achievement and preparedness.
2014 GEORGIA SCHOOL CHOICE HANDBOOK
Georgia Center for Opportunity’s School Choice Handbook serves as a reference for anyone seeking school choice options for the following:
- Public Charter Schools
- Special Needs Scholarships
- Tax Credit Scholarships
- Public School Transfers
In this handbook you will find helpful information on how to apply for the above options and where to find additional resources online.
GEORGIA PARENTS ALLIANCE
The Georgia Parents Alliance (GPA) is a growing group of engaged parents who support school choice and reform. The GPA strives to expand opportunities to every family and empower parents to make the best education choices for their child.
LEGISLATIVE REPORT CARD ON EDUCATION REFORM VOTES
How have your state lawmakers voted on education issues? See where your legislator stands on important issues regarding our school system. You can select your elected official by name or search by your address.
DISINCENTIVES FOR WORK AND MARRIAGE IN GEORGIA’S WELFARE SYSTEM
Based on the most recent 2015 data, this report provides an in-depth look at the welfare cliffs across the state of Georgia. A computer model was created to demonstrate how welfare programs, alone or in combination with other programs, create multiple welfare cliffs for recipients that punish work. In addition to covering a dozen programs – more than any previous model – the tool used to produce the following report allows users to see how the welfare cliff affects individuals and families with very specific characteristics, including the age and sex of the parent, number of children, age of children, income, and other variables. Welfare reform conversations often lack a complete understanding of just how means-tested programs actually inflict harm on some of the neediest within our state’s communities.
GEORGIA’S WELFARE SYSTEM REFERENCE GUIDE
The means-tested welfare system is massive and complex. To reform it so that it doesn’t continue to discourage work and family formation (as chronicled in our earlier reports in this series), we have to understand how it works. This reference guide provides the reader with a succinct description of each of the major welfare programs, including their history and purpose, along with suggesting avenues for reform.
WHITE PAPER: AN ALTERNATIVE TO INCARCERATION – PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY COURTS IN GEORGIA
Published in July 2015, this white paper highlights the success that Parental Accountability Courts (PACs) have had in helping chronic non-payers of child support overcome barriers to employment and pay child support regularly, and argues for their expansion in light of the numerous benefits they bring. Already, these courts have saved Georgia counties millions of dollars in reduced costs of incarceration.
REPORT: A HIGH PRICE TO PAY
Published in December 2014 and revised in May 2015, this report provides solutions that aim to minimize the role debt has in driving recidivism rates. People often leave prison owing tens of thousands of dollars in debt, creating serious obstacles to a successful reentry. The state should take this into consideration and establish realistic payment plans and incentives to encourage returning citizens to pay current obligations and repay debts according to their ability.
REPORT: INCREASING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EX-OFFENDERS
Published in December 2013, this report focuses on ways to improve workforce reentry for ex-offenders in Georgia. GCO offers six recommendations for Georgia to consider implementing and is a product of GCO’s Prisoner Reentry Working Group that is developing solutions for curbing recidivism and improving offenders’ transition back into their community.
FACT SHEET: PRISONER REENTRY – THE STATE OF CORRECTIONS
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the issue of mass incarceration and recidivism in the United States and Georgia. It outlines the scope of the issue, provides demographics, displays recidivism trends, and details the cost it is having on society.
ISSUE IN BRIEF: PRISONER REENTRY
Published in July 2013, this report summarizes the current gaps identified within Georgia’s reentry system based upon the available evidence, including official state reports, site visits to prisons and reentry service providers, and over four dozen expert interviews. In spite of these gaps, the report also highlights emerging solutions that Georgia is implementing to reduce offender recidivism across the state, including:
- Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
- Specialized Courts
- Risk and Needs Assessments
DEEP RED VALLEYS
It’s widely known that the welfare system discourages work but did you know it also discourages couples from forming families? In our new report, we demonstrate just how prevalent and severe the penalties can be.
REPORT: INCREASING ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR LOW-INCOME UNINSURED GEORGIANS
Almost one out of every five Georgians lacks health insurance, the sixth highest percentage in the country. Without insurance, many individuals are unable to access affordable healthcare, leading to many negative health and financial outcomes. When uninsured individuals do access care and are unable to pay for it, much of the cost is covered by the government and those with individual insurance through provider cost shifting. Thus, Georgia’s high rate of uninsurance is costly to both the uninsured and wider society.