Charter Schools Foster Long-Term Student Success Gains Appear in Graduation Rates, College Attendance and Earnings

Posted On March 30, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student

Charter schools continue to grow in popularity since they were established in 1992 as an alternative to traditional public K-12 schools. Currently, more than 6,000 charter schools in 40 states serve over two million students. But research looking at whether these schools improve student test scores has revealed conflicting results.

So economist Tim Sass,… more »

At Risk at the Crisis Center

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people may face discrimination when attempting to access domestic violence and rape crisis services according to a recently published study by Kristie Seelman, an assistant professor of social work in Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

And they face this challenge despite being at greater risk than the general… more »

Georgia’s Housing Decline Hit Suburban Metro-Atlanta School Budgets the Hardest

Posted On March 9, 2015 by Joy Woodson, CSLF
Categories News, Publications

School districts in Georgia’s metro areas accounted for a disproportionate amount of the state’s decline in property tax revenue since the Great Recession, according to new research from the Center for State and Local Finance.

Nearly two-thirds of the statewide drop in net tax digest occurred in these areas, and as of fiscal year 2014,… more »

Economics Alumnus Lands in Colombia

Posted On March 9, 2015 by Jennifer Giarratano

While all attention turned to Colombia’s newly crowned Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, earlier this year, Andrew Young School alumnus Gustavo Canavire Bacarreza only had eyes for his new Colombian beauty, daughter Catalina Canavire-Saavedra, born January 6.

“We are totally, completely, extremely happy,” the blissful economist emailed the school. “She is cute, and her mother… more »

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Names Georgia Health Policy Center National Center for Bridging for Health Initiative

ATLANTA–Georgia State University’s Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) has been named a national coordinating center by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support the Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing initiative aimed at helping regions, states and communities improve health and reduce disparities through innovations in collaboration and financing.

The grant… more »

Criminal Symptoms? Research Examines Arrests

Posted On March 2, 2015 by Marcia Jones Cross
Categories News, Publications

In the United States more than 1.2 million people with mental illness are in jails or prisons, in contrast to the approximately 70,000 people in psychiatric hospitals, according to the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Justice.

Homeless people with mental illnesses are also 10 to 20 percent more likely to be… more »

Public Policy Alumna Faces the Sierra Wild

Posted On February 23, 2015 by Colleen Donnelly, Master’s in Communications

The John Muir Trail, a 211-mile slice of the formidable Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, staggers through high and low altitudes from the summit of Mt. Whitney—the highest peak in the lower 48 at 14,505 feet—all the way to Yosemite Valley.

Amy DeGroff, an award-winning doctoral graduate in the… more »

Alumnus Bridges Art Career, Passion for Nonprofits

Posted On February 23, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student
Categories News, Publications

Jeremiah Ojo knew the nonprofit photography program he designed to develop students’ creative skills was transformational when he saw the impact it had on one particular father and son.

“We had parents sit in on photography classes towards the end,” Ojo says. “There was this one kid, probably 11, who really took to the… more »

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