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In Part 1, we looked at Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) enrollment as an indicator of the growing gap between the educational options now available at the traditional public schools and the options parents actually want for their children
I am a community college failure. Or perhaps I should say, I helped fail one community college. Decades ago, after receiving my bachelor's degree, I enrolled in a few community college math and statistics classes to prepare for graduate school. Had I not taken those classes, I doubt that I would hav
A barrage of articles in the popular press points out the escalating cost of higher education, rising student debt levels, and the financial struggles many colleges and universities face
The Pope Center publishes this paper as part of our continuing effort to spur transparency in higher education. North Carolina citizens need to know if the UNC system is fulfilling its mission of discovering, creating, transmitting, and applying knowledge. The new edition of...
Affirmative action is before the Supreme Court again this week, as it rehears arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas
Every year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), issues its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report in which we rate the speech codes of more than 400 of the largest and most prestigious colleges and universities in America using a red, yellow, and green light s
West Liberty University (WLU) is the oldest college in West Virginia's state supported higher ed system. I have taught there since 2007 and was promoted to full professor last year
As medieval Europeans placed their hope for salvation in the church and donated vast sums for the construction of splendidly ornate cathedrals, many modern Americans place their hope for a future better world in higher education and give accordingly
In less than 21 days, including the Thanksgiving holiday, Congress pushed through a bill that is over 1,000 pages long and has at least 391 pages worth of changes in it from the original version.
Nashville-Civitas Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) Lead Counsel Elliot Engstrom will be a featured panelist at the Heartland Institute's Emerging Issues Forum on Dec. 9 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Consider these real-life scenarios: An Arizona family is told their 6-year-old son, Ryan, has symptoms on the autism spectrum. Doctors say he will need 20-40 hours per week of individual therapies. Ryan's parents can't afford that. What can they do?
Wake County Public Schools are growing at a slower rate than expected, and the reasons for this trend illuminate the growing gap between what the traditional public schools offer and what many parents want for their children.
How do North Carolinians feel about their schools and how their children are educated? The November Civitas Poll provided plenty of good information about those topics.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act with a 85-12 vote...
Yesterday, ace Carolina Journal reporter Dan Way brought a fascinating yet frightening UNESCO email to my attention. The organization announced a new campaign that calls on teachers "to become advocates for education to help lobby for progress toward achieving the new sustainable development agenda.
Republican legislative leaders finally unveiled their proposed biennial state budget. (Geez, it's about time, folks.) The budget is now subject to votes by each legislative chamber and action by Governor McCrory.
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-2015 school year climbed to 14.84 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from a year prior. The release of the report generated extensive media coverage, a...
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
In a 4-3 decision, the NC Supreme Court ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income families, is constitutional. Obviously I am pleased with the outcome, but I am even happier about the timing. The expected release date for the next batch of Supreme Court...
The State Board of Education's decision to intervene in the affairs of the Halifax County Schools is hardly surprising. Decades of mismanagement and dysfunction have led to high teacher turnover rates and appalling student achievement outcomes.
The North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission published their draft Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF). The commission will vote on the report later today and deliver it to the NC State Board of Education for their consideration.
In March, the National Education Association (NEA) released their latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed 41st-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be released...
Digital devices dominate hopes and headlines in education today. They're heralded as a way to boost learning outcomes, sharpen 21st-century skills, and narrow achievement gaps
Altha Cravey, a geography professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, issues a series of demands at Friday's meeting of the UNC Board of Governors before being removed by security.
In March, the National Education Association released its latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed No. 41-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be...
A Superior Court judge ordered the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education to release previously undisclosed information about the circumstances surrounding the departure of a school superintendent in what media lawyer John Bussian said was "a big deal" for the public's right to know.
The larger question may remain: Who is willing to learn, and intellectually expand their horizons to become better providers, better citizens and truer patriots?
Lately, tenure has come under heavy criticism, particularly from conservatives who maintain that it protects incompetent, ignorant, or indifferent teachers to the detriment of students
The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) today released the following statement following North Carolina State Representative Brian Brown's announced resignation
Democrats like Roy Cooper and the rest of the 'sky-is-falling' crowd on the left are once again peddling false information and statistics in an attempt to mislead North Carolinians on education and teacher pay. While they say that teachers are leaving NC, the fact is that North Carolina is...
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