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Desperate for options, Jan turns to school choice

Desperate for options, Jan turns to school choice

Imagine the challenge of raising two children with special needs. That’s the task that Jan—a small business owner in Georgia—faces in bringing up her two girls. Katie has ADHD, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder, and Jessica has an auditory processing disorder and...

Helping Seth live up to his potential

Helping Seth live up to his potential

Of the many bills that will be under consideration by the Georgia legislature in 2019, one that we are particularly excited about is a piece of legislation creating “Individualized Education Accounts” (IEAs), which aim to improve our state’s Special Needs Scholarship...

Time is Running Out to Expand Tax Credit Scholarships

Time is Running Out to Expand Tax Credit Scholarships

As Georgia’s 2018 legislative session marches to a close this week, will lawmakers act to expand Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program? Legislation pending in the state Senate, if passed, would yield huge benefits for families in desperate need of educational...

School Choice Expands the ‘Success Sequence’

School Choice Expands the ‘Success Sequence’

According to scholars, America is increasingly becoming a society polarized between higher- and lower-income people. Whereas until recently a majority of Americans were considered middle class, now good jobs for those who only have a high school diploma are rapidly...

A “bullet-proof” school choice bill

A “bullet-proof” school choice bill

Georgia lawmakers are poised to consider several bills that would make education savings accounts (ESAs) a reality for students in our state. ESAs empower families with the option of leaving their local public school and choosing an educational option that better fits...

Another study confirms Georgians want more choice in education

Another study confirms Georgians want more choice in education

As lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol in January, Georgians have now received a glimpse of some issues that might move the needle in the 2018 election cycle. A new study released by the Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology finds that...

Georgia’s 3 largest counties show need for the Success Sequence

Georgia’s 3 largest counties show need for the Success Sequence

Georgia Center for Opportunity focuses policy reform efforts around the success sequence. Research shows that those who graduate from high school, get a job, get married, and have kids (in that order) are less likely to end up in poverty. In fact, only 2 percent who...

SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT!

Studies show that couples who spend quality time together stay together. That’s why 75 couples in the Norcross and Peachtree Corners area have decided to take an evening to invest in their relationship by attending the Healthy Family Initiative’s date night event,...

Advocating for innovation, Steve Jobs championed school choice

Advocating for innovation, Steve Jobs championed school choice

Earlier this month, Apple made waves by introducing the iPhone 10. Since being unveiled, the updated smartphone and several other new products have received praise as the latest credit to Steve Jobs’ tech legacy. Years following his death, Americans still remember the...

Getting non-working men working again in Georgia

Getting non-working men working again in Georgia

In the coming decades, could so-called “middle skills” jobs be a key factor in reversing the contemporary epidemic of non-working males in the U.S.? There is reason to hope the answer is a resounding yes. A phenomenon thoroughly documented by the American Enterprise...

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FEC “Dark Money” Search Could Hurt Nonprofits

The following is a special report for Georgia Center for Opportunity by Mike Klein. Mike's other work may be found here. Video from the Atlanta session may be seen here: While voters fixate on an election next week that could change Washington’s balance of power, some...

Junior Achievement’s BizTown: Where Students Become Professionals

Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia  has created an interactive, marketplace environment where children’s dreams about future careers actually come to life. Set in the fictitious community of JA BizTown, students have the opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life of...

3 Ways to be an Informed Voter This November

Walking into a polling booth and thinking, “Who is this guy??” could be the scariest thing you do this fall. With major state and national seats on the line, thoroughly researching candidates and their platform is a vital first step in selecting effective leadership...

Fellowship Friday: Team Retreat at City of Refuge

Meeting people “where they are” is foundational to Georgia Center for Opportunity's (GCO) mission to serve the community and remove barriers to opportunity. As part of this mission, GCO team members recently participated in a unique weekend retreat at City of Refuge...

Make a Donation by August 31st and Double Your Impact

A word from our CEO, Randy Hicks Election years get noisy, don’t they? Perhaps it’s just me, but they actually seem to be getting noisier with every election cycle. On the brighter side, election years always remind me of why the Georgia Center for Opportunity’s...

Beyond Inspiration: Incubating Good Ideas

Recently, I had the privilege of attending an inspiring seminar sponsored by Chick-fil-A Foundation and Gifted Education Foundation (a GCO partner), entitled “Beyond Inspiration: Moving Ideas to Execution”.  As I walked into the Chick-fil-A Discovery Center to find my...

2013: A LOOK BACK … A LOOK AHEAD

Thanks to your support, Georgia Center for Opportunity is making significant progress in removing barriers to opportunity through Research & Development, Policy Advancement and Delivery. Please review highlights from 2013 and preview our work for 2014. RESEARCH...

GCO Testifies Before Governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council

The Governor’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform invited organizations from across the state to present recommendations for improving ex-offender outcomes at the Department of Corrections Headquarters in Forsyth, Georgia, Tuesday, November 26. Eric Cochling,...

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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