GA Partnership Releases 2023 Top Ten Issues to Watch Report focuses on importance of united leadership and common vision for excellence in education

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January 6, 2023 – The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education today released the 2023 edition of the annual Top Ten Issues to Watch report. For the past 19 years, the Georgia Partnership has published the report, which identifies and analyzes the key education issues Georgia will be or should be addressing in the coming year. This year’s report organizes the issues into three sections:

  1. Invest in people-centered systems: place individuals at the center of education reform by addressing the factors that limit education success and economic opportunity.
  2. Invest in school and community leaders: reconfigure state systems and investments to ensure local leaders are well-positioned to support youth and working adults.
  3. Invest in spreading and scaling local solutions: spotlight promising local initiatives that state leaders could integrate into existing state structures and strategies.

Across these sections, we spotlight issues such as post-secondary readiness, out-of-school learning, educator burnout, and school safety.

The highly anticipated report is written so the public can understand the complexities of the education landscape and is widely disseminated to leaders and education stakeholders across the state. Each Georgia legislator, for example, receives a copy at the opening of the legislative session, school districts leverage the report in their leadership training, and colleges and universities routinely incorporate the report in their education policy classes.

“To be releasing the 19th edition of the Top Ten Issues to Watch report is a major point of pride for our organization,” said Dr. Dana Rickman, president of the Georgia Partnership. “We are grateful for the report’s longevity and ongoing relevance in Georgia’s everchanging education landscape. Our hope is that the Ten Issues to Watch report will continue to serve as a tool for all public education stakeholders to unite under a common vision of excellence that will transform education, economic development, and workforce readiness in Georgia.”

The report is available in hard copy and online. The Georgia Partnership will provide a free copy upon request ( Postage reimbursement will be required for greater quantities. The Top Ten can be downloaded on our web site at

Founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education. An independent organization, the Partnership is working to be Georgia’s foremost change agent in education. The non-partisan, non-profit Georgia Partnership takes lead roles in efforts to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement. More information is available at