Ideas/Resources

NEWS!: College* and Career Prep Matter - Check out this flyer filled with information and ideas on how local Chambers can get involved!

Georgia's Leading Workforce Training Program Lands the State in Third Overall

What About the Common Core State Standards/Georgia Performance Standards?

Common Core News

Common Core is good for business, too (Tennessean - February 2014)

Why CEOs support the Common Core (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - February 2014)

Resources

Here you will find items that will help you better understand the importance of public education to our economic prosperity.

Georgia Partnership's Latest Economics of Education Report

Read the 4th edition now.  Thanks to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Lockheed Martin for their support of this publication.  Copies may be purchased for $5 each to cover postage and handling.  Pricing may be arranged for bulk orders.  Contact the Georgia Partnership.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce's Funding Report

Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes takes a look at the funding system of our K-12 schools and offers recommendations for improvements. (November 2012)

Global Competition!

The Competition that Really Matters:  Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce.  Related story. (August 2012)

College- and Career-Ready America

Check this great resource provided by Achieve and the GE Foundation.  You will find mulitple information items/ideas here designed for better business engagement in the education process:  Business Resources for a College- and Career Ready America.

Business Coalition for Student Achievement

This organization - representing business leaders from every sector of the economy - believes that improving the performance of the K-12 education system in the United States is necessary to provide a strong foundation for both U.S. competitiveness and for individuals to succeed in our rapidly changing world.  Check the web site for details and resources. Check their Guiding Principles to Reform K-12 Education Policy.

Business and Public School Reform

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and current Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation Margaret Spellings, addressed participants at a Georgia Partnership Critical Issues 15 Forum.  Ms. Spellings spoke on "The Imperative for Business Engagement" in public schools.  Relating: "Partnership Is a Two Way Street: What It Takes for Business to Help Drive School Reform." 

Corporate Responsibility

Ann Cramer, the Partnership's former Chair and retired IBM executive, is rightly very proud of her former organization's celebration of its Centennial year.  She  shared IBM's Corporate Responsibility Report which provides interesting reading and clearly exhibits both their understanding of the importance of education and their commitment to education excellence.

Economics of Education

Community Planning

Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2013 (IDs and analyzes key education issues facing the state in the current year.) 

  • The Partnership will provide up to two copies at no charge.  Request

Status Report:  Georgia's Education and Workforce Development Initiatives (Georgia Chamber)

Other Georgia Partnership Reports/Papers

Waiting for Superman

If you saw the movie Waiting for Superman, you no doubt have some opinions.  Here's a review. The Georgia Partnership joined the U.S., Georgia and Metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce to present a free screening in October.  As a business person, the more knowledge you have about our public education system the better able you are to understand its complexities.

The U.S. Chamber/Institute for Competitive Workforce has published a booklet that is a strong resource:  The "Superman" Approach: A Business Leader's Guide to Effective Education Reform.

 

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The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education supports the Common Core.  If you want more information, visit our Common Core page of this web site.  Here's a flyer created by our neighboring state of Tennessee that underlines why implementation of the Standards is important to the business community.  Take a look.

Business Support

The roots of the Georgia Partnership are in the business community as it was established in 1992 as a joint effort between the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association in an effort to better focus on education issues.

Who are we?  What do we do?  Here is our latest Annual Report (2013) -   Collective Impact

Now, 22+ years later, the Partnership is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that maintains a close and strong working relationship with the business community.  We are an affiliate member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and advise their education committee.  You will often find the Georgia Partnership serving as the business voice in a variety of education discussions.

What can we do for you? The Georgia Partnership stands ready to offer advice on the key education issues that impact the economic environment of individual communities as well as the business competitiveness of our state.  Without a strong, successful education system, commerce will look elsewhere for an educated, trainable workforce. We all lose if that happens. It is in the best interests of business to be aware and involved.  The Georgia Partnership can help.

Our Economics of Education briefings and publications have been provided to business audiences across the state and our Community Engagement program is designed to work directly with community leaders - business, civic, government and education representatives - to establish improvement plans that get results.  See the Community Engagement page.

Check below and the left side of this page. You will find various publications/programs designed to create a better informed business community.  Don't hesitate to call on us.

Here's a site worth checking.  There's a lot of talk these days about college attendance and completion.  But the college route is not for everyone.  This web site expresses that thought very well.  Go Build Georgia.

Here are some helpful business/education links:

- Business Roundtable
GeorgiaTrend Magazine
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Education and Workforce Development
- Georgia Competitiveness Initiative
- Monthly Market Snapshot
- National Center on Education and the Economy
- Committee for Economic Development
- Technology Association of Georgia
- TAG-Ed - TAG Education Collaborative

Recent Reports/Articles of Interest

High schools need to weld academics with practical skills
eSchools News (August 2014)

Shop Class Not for Slackers as Mechanic Out-Earns Peers
Bloomberg (August 2014)

2014 Condition of College & Career Readiness
ACT, Inc. (August 2014)

How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge
Hechinger Report (August 2014)

Corporations commit to NAFTRACK certified hiring credential -- district administration
National Academy Foundation (August 2014)

THINC … Educating the Next Generation of High Tech Workers
Georgia Public Policy Foundation (August 2014)

Education part of inequality story, Fed post says
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (July 2014)

Coast to coast, STEM jobs take the longest to fill
USA Today (July 2014)

Building Career Pathways to Help More Students Succeed - Story and Report
Jobs for the Future (July 2014)

Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives
Mind/Shift (June 2014)

Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?
Associated Press (June 2014) Link to Federal Reserve New York report

GNTC president: Tech school graduates in demand for industry, manufacturing
Rome News-Tribune (June 2014)

One Macon targets jobs, education and sense of place
Macon Telegraph (May 2014)

Is 8th grade too early to pick a career?
National Journal (May 2014)

Supply and Demand in the New Education Economy
Denver Post (April 2014)

Toyota didn't move to Dallas because of schools
Dallas Morning News (April 2014) Follow-up story: Rawlings: Toyota to Plano was ‘smart move,’ says he shouldn’t have spoken for Toyota execs on DISD (May 2014)

State Chambers of Commerce Defend Common Core
Education Week (February 2014)

New North Carolina business group plans big push on education
News & Observer (November 2013)

Evidence mounting that poverty causes lasting physical and mental health problems for children
Pittsburgh Gazette (November 2013)
* The Georgia Partnership's Economics of Education briefing addresses the impact of poverty on learning/education.

Why Aren't Companies Getting the Skilled Graduates They Need?
Wall Street Journal (October 2013)

Business Execs: Fight for the Common Core Before It's Too Late
Education Week (September 2013)

The Schoolhouse Squeeze - State Cuts, Plunging Property Values Pinch School Districts
Georgia Budget and Policy Institure (September 2013)

How To Stop the Drop in American Education
Wall Street Journal (September 2013)

Pre-K Program Attracts Investors Out for Returns
Education Week (August 2013)

Why Summer Vacation is Evil
Business Insider (August 2013)

What It Takes to Make New College Graduates Employable
New York Times (July 2013)

The Heart of the Matter - The Humanities and the Social Sciences and their contributions to economic vitality
American Academy for Arts and Sciences (June 2013)

Carroll County: A Focus on Education
Georgia Trend (June 2013)

Republicans Oppose the Common Core.... Really?
New York Times (April 2013)

Arne Duncan Urges Business Leaders to Support Common Core
Education Week (April 2013)

Survey:  Business Leaders Look Beyond Majors
Inside Higher Ed (April 2013)

Solutions & Partnerships
Georgia Trend Magazine - Page 92 (April 2013)

My Little (Global) School
Thomas Friedman - New York Times (April 2013)

A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, but Employers Wish It Meant More
Chronicle of Higher Education (March 2013)

Expert: Tough job to lure quality jobs
Covington News (March 2013)

High school dropouts cost $1.8 billion every year
New York Post (February 2013)

Lacking a college degree? You may not exist to more employers
Tampa Bay Times (February 2013)

The best-paying jobs for 2- and 4-year degrees
Career Builder (February 2013)

Why are recent college graduates underemployed?
eSchool News (January 2013)

Georgia's poor schools hurt industry recruitment, lawmakers told
Morris News Service (January 2013)

Recession, new technology kill middle-class jobs, many for good
Associated Press (January 2013)

What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance? Economic Policy Institute (January 2013)

A Degree Still Helps - Inside Higher Ed - Report:  How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford - The Impact of the Recession on Recent College Graduates (Findings page) (January 2013)

Georgia gaining in ‘knowledge jobs’ – Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 2013)

The Key Skills Today's Employers Desire - eSchool News (December 2012)  Note: This lengthy article requires a free registration to read past page 1.

Inseparable Imperatives:  Equity in Eduication and the Future of the American Economy - Alliance for Excellent Education (December 2012)
Related article.

College courses in high school: a strategy for college readiness - Jobs for the Future (October 2012)

Manufacturing jobs go wanting as unemployment perseveres - St. Louis Post Dispatch (October 2012)

Want a good job? Study math - St. Louis Post Dispatch (October 2012)

Eight economic facts about education – eSchool News (October 2012) 

Microsoft Calls for Changes to Develop STEM Professionals - Education News (October 2012)

Career Technical Education - Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A - Georgetown Public Policy Institute - Center on Education in the Workforce (September 2012)

2012 Condition of College and Career Readiness - ACT (August 2012)

Manufacturing industry taps colleges for help with alternative credential – Inside Higher Ed (July 2012)

New school math standards not as good as could be, business group says - San Antonio Express News (June 2012)

Atlanta Forward:  The Georgia workforce is Job One - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 2012)

Gulfstream Leadership Graduates Honored - Savannah Morning News (June 2012)

Number of the week:  Most unemployed have college experience - Wall Street Journal (June 2012)

Job skills: Close the gap - Savannah Morning News (May 2012)

The Public Return to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment

Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance - A statement by the Policy and Impact Committee of the Committee for Economic Development (May 2012)

Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog:  Another call for more college graduates in Georgia.  Referenced report:  Georgia Must Improve College Participation to Remain Competitive (April 2012)

Half of new college grads unemployed or underemployed - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (April 2012)

The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education
Institute for a Competitive Workforce

This U.S. Chamber of Commerce report was first issued in April 2011.  The report makes a series of common sense recommendations. (April 2012)

Leaders: School budget shortfall "dis-incentive" to development - LaGrange News

Dean Alford: How Georgia can improve schools - Savannah Morning News/address to Georgia Public Policy Foundation

January 29 Atlanta Journal-Constitution editoral page:
-Editorial - The economy: Keep state a shining star
-Gov. Nathan Deal - Make Georgia number 1 in nation for business
-Opinion -No challenge is more vital than job ceation

-Chamber CEO applauds Gov. Deal's State of the State address - Georgia Chamber web site (January 2012)

-Majors matter in job prospects for recent college graduates - EduGeorgia Education Week (January 2012)

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Times-Herald (June 2014)