UGA’s Education Policy Center releases first volume of policy papers

UGA's Education Policy Center releases first volume of policy papers

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Education Policy and Evaluation Center has released a document of educational policy papers today that will inform Georgia legislators and other policymakers of important perspectives on key educational issues.

The 2009 Georgia Education Policy Papers consists of nine papers offering critical insight and in-depth analysis on such issues as charter schools, early childhood education, teacher compensation, the HOPE scholarship, middle grades reform, effectiveness of supplemental educational services, anti-bullying legislation and school finance litigation.

The volume is edited by Eric Houck, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s department of lifelong education, administration, and policy. The papers are written by faculty in the college and across UGA. Andy Horne, dean of the College of Education, is co-author of one of the papers.

“As a public university, we are uniquely positioned to provide these perspectives to our elected leaders,” Horne said. “I want this volume to be the first of an annual series that compels our faculty to think broadly about the educational challenges facing our state and to share their perspectives with the legislature.”

The volume is available as a downloadable file on the EPEC website:

EPEC, based in UGA’s College of Education, supports rigorous research on policy and evaluation to improve education. The group provides evaluation expertise to assess educational programs, and assists policymakers and educators to expand knowledge of policy options by disseminating the latest research on education policy issues.

The College of Education is one of the largest and most diverse institutions of its kind in the nation. Celebrating its centennial this year, the college is among the nation’s leaders in teaching, research and service. Its overall graduate program is perennially ranked among the top 20 public universities in the country and several are ranked individually among the top 10.