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Broadband consultants collect hefty fees as they push taxpayer-supported networks

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“They already want to create a government-owned network,” said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, “they’re just looking for confirmation.”

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Georgia broadband panel holds final meeting in advance of legislative report

By   /  November 14, 2016  /  Georgia, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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A legislative committee studying broadband in Georgia has wrapped up a series of meetings across the state and will prepare a report of recommendations to the full legislature next month.

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Georgia rejects school takeover plan; lawmaker calls for more choice

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Education Blog, Georgia  /  No Comments

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Georgia voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state to take over failing schools. The defeat has encouraged some education reformers to reinvigorate the movement for more school choice options. “If we can’t get this measure passed, then we should just give everybody the opportunity to have choice,” said state Sen. […]

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After spending $130K on consultants, Savannah area asks residents about broadband access

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Georgia, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“An essential objective of the study is to confirm that residents, anchor institutions and businesses have access to the services they need and that those services are competitively priced,” reads a passage from the survey page.

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Georgia governor touts record on criminal justice reform

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Georgia  /  No Comments

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal walks into a press conference to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies Monday, March 28, 2016, in Atlanta. The Republican rejected the bill on Monday, saying "I have examined the protections that this bill proposes to provide to the faith based community and I can find no examples of any of those circumstances occurring in our state." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal touted his record on criminal justice reform in an op-ed in Tuesday’s Washington Times. Deal, a Republican, opened the piece by reminding readers that Georgia’s criminal justice system “was in a state of crisis” at the time of his inauguration in 2011, when he followed fellow two-term Republican Sonny Perdue into office. […]

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Meaty options for school choice

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, Georgia  /  No Comments

DRIVE THROUGH: McDonald's turns handful of protesters away north of Seattle.

When Atlanta school superintendent Meria Carstarphen quipped recently that school choice is as American as McDonald’s Happy Meals, what she meant was that “most parents want diverse and meaty options for their children’s education,” writes Robert Holland, a senior fellow for education policy at the Heartland Institute. Read the whole thing here.  

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