This publication made its debut in 2005 filling a void that existed by identifying the key public education issues facing the state. That first edition was a four-page, newspaper style format. It met with great success and you might say “A Star Was Born.” The publication progressively grew and transitioned to a more polished magazine format that IDs the issues, analyzes them and offers a plan of action for Georgia.
Each year, in the September/October time frame, a select group of education, business, government and civic leaders come together with their various perspectives to start the selection process for the next issue. Those meetings are often intense as the possible topics are slowly whittled down to the final 10. Once that is done, the research and writing work begins and the final copy goes to print shortly before January 1. It is then formally released at the Georgia Partnership’s Media Symposium, usually the first week of the new year.
The Top Ten Issues to Watch has become a unique and invaluable source/resource across the state. Each state legislator receives a copy as the new legislative session opens and members of the Georgia Partnership leadership team are traditionally invited to brief a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees.
You can also view one-pagers for each of the ten issues.