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The News & Observer is doing its darnedest to ignore the growing criticism of Common Core standards. The paper's recent editorial "Defending Common Core" was an exercise in putting lipstick on a pig.
One of the most popular options for expanding educational opportunity is the Education Savings Account (ESA). Currently five states - Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Nevada - have passed ESA legislation, and at least 10 other states have bills in the works.
Those who watch state government have had plenty to talk about since the General Assembly passed the state's new $21.7 billion state budget. Since education is the single largest item in the state budget, here are three things you probably didn't hear about education spending.
If you're a parent of a child starting school this fall, you have plenty to worry about. First of all, you hope your child likes school, can make friends and gets a good teacher, and, oh yeah, can also find their way onto the right bus. Once that gets taken care of, parents can also worry about...
Sixty-plus days past a July 1st deadline and North Carolina still has no state budget. One issue that many think is prolonging the current stalemate is what to do about teacher assistants (TAs). The best way to break the impasse is for the General Assembly to follow the state Senate's lead and...
After nearly eight months of lengthy and heated discussion, Republican leaders in the North Carolina Senate and House have come to a consensus on a $21.7 billion state budget for the next two years. Since education comprises the single biggest item in the state budget, there is a lot of interest...
In June, Wake County commissioners approved an extra $44.6 million for Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS). About half the money will go for raises and additional pay; $16 million for teacher pay, $1.8 million for teachers who take on extra duties, and another $6 million for 3 percent raises for...
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
Civitas recently published findings on the cost of a high school diploma in North Carolina and academic performance - and the results undercut the myth that money alone can buy good education.
Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate.
Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it.
It appears the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have been providing free office space for years to the local branch of an organization with close ties to state and national, politically-active teacher unions.
In his article "Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards," Keith Poston argues against revisions to the current Common Core standards and the importance of ensuring teachers have a voice in this discussion. In a two-part response, I argue, in part one...
Wake County Public Schools finds itself in the middle of a book controversy. Concerned parents at Highcroft Drive Elementary School have voiced concerns about the use of highly questionable books by fourth graders at the school. A blogger named NC Citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote...
This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents - not the government - should control their children's education and where...
"Do you have any interest in reporting the facts?" That's the question I'd like to ask News & Observer editors after reading the recent editorial, "Time for Wake Schools to Build Back."
It's now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the grade...
A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I thought President Obama's Community College Proposal was a bad idea. His plan to provide up to two years of free tuition to community college students who maintained a 2.5 G.P.A would cost $6 billion a year, is ill conceived, and based on fallacious assumptions.
For the parents who think data collection and privacy are not significant issues in our public schools, you might want to read HB 13. The bill has already been approved by the House and is working its way through the Senate. In brief the bill amends the current health assessment form requirement...
America needs a better-educated work force - but President Obama's plan for "free" community college is not the way to get it.
In "Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards," Keith Poston of the Public School Forum argues against changing the Common Core math and English standards, since he believes members of the state's Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) are working to...
Ever since Republicans gained majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010 and won the governor's office in 2012, Democrats and Progressives have lamented the decline of higher education and especially the University of North Carolina System. Critics of North Carolina Republicans...
School choice remains a top education priority for the Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly. While much of the focus this legislative session has been on stabilizing and expanding existing programs and quietly waiting on the state Supreme Court to decide on the constitutionality...
Charter schools increase segregation - that's the flawed conclusion of a recent National Bureau of Economic Research report by three Duke University Professors: Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter and John Holbein.
A new Civitas Poll of registered North Carolina voters shows they are open to options for schools, assessment of students, and education funding.
It appears the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have been providing free office space for years to the local branch of an organization with close ties to state and national, politically-active teacher unions.
Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it.
Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate.
Civitas recently published findings on the cost of a high school diploma in North Carolina and academic performance - and the results undercut the myth that money alone can buy good education.
It's now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the grade...
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