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Release Date: 08.15.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $50,000 to Support Education Policy Research

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) to support its ongoing education policy research and analysis.

With the grant, GBPI will continue its analysis of education budget and policy issues, including: ongoing research of the adequacy of the state’s per-student funding formula and its impact on equity across the state; the lottery funds and the impacts of budget proposals on the Pre-K program, HOPE Grant (technical schools), and HOPE Scholarship program (University System); and the impact of potential changes to lottery funded programs on low income and minority students.

“We are very excited and appreciative to receive the support of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for our education policy research,” said GBPI Executive Director Alan Essig.  “GBPI is committed to positively influencing the public policy debate around education by rigorously analyzing budget and policies and providing resources to inspire informed debate and responsible decision-making.”

GBPI seeks to build a more prosperous Georgia by ensuring all Georgians have access to high-quality education and preparing all high school graduates are ready to contribute to the state’s economic growth.   

“GBPI’s role is critical to Georgia’s education agenda,” said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.  “The Institute provides reliable, accessible, and timely analysis to promote informed policy discussions.”

About The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute:
The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to raise the level of public policy debate in the state of Georgia.  Founded in 2004, GBPI uses research, analysis, and education to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for all Georgians.  Each year, GBPI: provides research and recommendations that are featured in dozens of news articles, television and radio interviews, and opinion editorials, identifies best practices from other states to suggest alternative solutions to existing problems and fiscal policies facing Georgia, publishes dozens of fact-based reports on critical issues affecting Georgia’s financial future, and educates legislators regarding tax, budget and policy implications of upcoming legislation. For more information about the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute visit http://www.gbpi.org and subscribe to the GBPI blog.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.  The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.  Mr. Blank co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.  Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $250 million to various charitable organizations.  Visit the Foundation web site for more information at www.BlankFoundation.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Donovan Lee-Sin

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2049

E-mail: DLeeSin@ambfo.com