School choice is giving hope to Georgia’s kids

School choice is giving hope to Georgia’s kids

Georgia legislators are currently considering HB 301 which would enable families to customize their children’s education to meet specific learning needs with an Education Scholarship Account (ESA). Experience and common sense tell us that no single system can meet the unique learning requirements of every child. ESA’s provide flexibility to find what works. 
The video by Georgia Center for Opportunity displays the power of school choice options and a quality education. Children in Georgia’s most crime-ridden zip code are thriving and achieving their dreams because they had the opportunity to utilize school choice programs.
We want everyone to know about the students who are working hard to succeed.

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Lt. Gov. Duncan wants to provide more educational options for Georgia students

Lt. Gov. Duncan wants to provide more educational options for Georgia students

This week marks National School Choice Week, a program that began in 2011 and has rapidly grown across the country highlighting the benefits and need for more school choice options. Lt. Gov. Duncan is leading the state’s celebration at Atlanta Youth Acadamy in Southeast Atlanta by talking with students and parents yesterday about the importance of education, and how remaining focused on expanding school choice opportunities to students statewide is one of his top priorities.

“One of the most important things I can do every day as Lt. Gov. is remember one of the best gifts we can give a child in this state is a quality k-12 education,” stated Lt. Gov. Duncan as he spoke with a classroom of fifth graders and parents. “I want parents to know that and want them to see when we make laws, or adjust things in the laws, and create new policies we realize it is centered around the kids.”

The school is located near the federal prison, and the students’ median household income is about $23,000 a year. Fighting to overcome the neighborhood statistics, 62 percent of the students participate in Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program, and 100 percent of the students have graduated and gone on to postsecondary education.

The tax credit scholarship program has been wildly successful reaching the program’s cap within a matter of days for consecutive years. Lawmakers expanded the program last year by doubling the cap to $100 million starting in 2019.

A quality education is key. It provides a primary path for breaking cycles of poverty. GCO has played a crucial role in bringing real educational choice to upwards of 250,000 students and counting through Tax-Credit Scholarships, Special Needs Scholarships, and charter schools. As we move forward in the legislative session, we will continue to fight to expand Georgia’s current programs and to create education opportunity by pushing for the adoption of Education Scholarship Accounts.

Our work isn’t done until all of Georgia’s children can access the educational options that allow them to achieve the American Dream.

Marriage is the Greatest Weapon of Our Time

Marriage is the Greatest Weapon of Our Time

Since the 1970s the marriage rate has gone from 80 percent of adults being married down to 52 percent. This rapid decline in marriage has caused an upward spike in the number of single parents living in poverty. How do we as a community combat this negative spiral downwards? Helping to rebuild healthy marriages is a good first step.  

Because of these shocking trends, the Healthy Families Initiative is participating in National Marriage Week which begins on February 7th and ends on Valentine’s Day.

The week is designed to shine a spotlight on the growing decline of marriages and help strengthen marriages and communities. The Healthy Families Initiative will host Love is a Choice, I Choose You, on February 10th, an evening for couples to renew their marriage vows and celebrate the joys of being married. This event will also be part of a Facebook campaign #LoveIsAChoice, which will be a week-long campaign of daily challenges to become more engaged in your marriage.

For centuries marriage has been the weapon of choice to combat poverty, and today it is still the best defense. In fact, marriage is so important to strengthening today’s society, that Governor Nathan Deal has declared the week National Marriage Week within the state of Georgia. Marriages build strong communities and happier people.

Marriage has financial gains

  •   Married men are more successful in work as well, getting promoted more often and receiving higher performance appraisals.
  •   As for women, married women earn up to 10% more than their single peers.

Married people live longer

  •      Single men have mortality rates that are 250% higher than married men.
  •      Single women have mortality rates that are 50% higher than married women.

Married people are mentally more healthy

  •   Married people report lower levels of depression and distress, and 40% say they are very happy with their lives, compared to about 25% in single people.

Married people have more sex

  •   About 40% of married people have sex twice a week, compared to 20-25% of single and cohabitating men and women.

Statistics are from The Case for Marriage Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher.

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Was Trump and Clinton’s Campaign Silence Regarding Family Fragmentation Golden?

Was Trump and Clinton’s Campaign Silence Regarding Family Fragmentation Golden?

In a recent project spearheaded by the Center of the American Experiment, Georgia Center for Opportunity’s President and CEO, Randy Hicks, tackled the one topic even politicians and religious leaders are shying away from – family fragmentation.

The written symposium “Was Trump and Clinton’s Campaign Silence Regarding Family Fragmentation Golden?” is a collaboration of thirty writers answering two questions.

1. “Was Trump and Clinton’s campaign silence regarding family fragmentation golden?

2.  Or was it leaden, especially when it comes to reducing poverty, improving education, and reversing crime?”

Click here to see the full essay.