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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
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.
Last year, 42 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in one or more remedial or "developmental" math and/or English courses at a North Carolina community college.
Every two years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administers rigorous math and reading tests to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students from each state and Washington, D.C. NAEP occasionally administers assessments covering other subjects, grade-levels...
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
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...
Late last month, Chief of School Nutrition Services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Dr. Lynn Harvey appeared before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce...
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.
Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014, a report that assembles data from a variety of sources to assess the relative safety of public schools in each state.
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction released financial data for the 2014-15 school year. In the table below, I included per pupil expenditure figures and (composite) grade-level math and reading proficiency percentages for students in grades 3-8.
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.
Did you hear that 15 percent of North Carolina's public schoolteachers left the profession last year, and that conditions are so bad that teachers are leaving our state in droves to teach somewhere else?
More than 1.5 million students across the state will head back to the classroom next week and our North Carolina officials want to make sure those students arrive safely and ready to learn.
Governor Pat McCrory has selected Jonathan Kreider of Greensboro to fill the district court vacancy in Guilford County. The vacancy was created by the retirement of District Court Judge Linda Falls.
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...
Late last month, Chief of School Nutrition Services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Dr. Lynn Harvey appeared before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce...
Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014, a report that assembles data from a variety of sources to assess the relative safety of public schools in each state.
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education is the state agency responsible for home and private school oversight and data collection. This week, the agency published annual private and home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.
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.
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
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...
Last year, 42 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in one or more remedial or "developmental" math and/or English courses at a North Carolina community college.
The last theme around which we find the loudest and most persistent arguments for the reform of our conservatories is the need for music programs to focus on the cultivation of creativity. What makes these arguments so powerful and so sinister is that they often begin from that old, familiar...
he price of leadership is that now you are in a spotlight for all to judge you---for better or worse. Freedom of Speech is a hallmark of America that lets us criticize until the cows come home.
Governor McCrory participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today for High Point University's School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy.
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