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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
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
Many of the controversies roiling public education are traceable to a system that assigns students to schools based on where they live. One North Carolina community that is working hard to remedy this problem through expanding educational opportunity is the town of Wake Forest.
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...
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.
North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk.
This week the N.C. State Board of Education sent a letter to the Halifax County Board of Education declaring that state education officials
State Rep. Rob Bryan plans to introduce legislation creating a pilot program transforming as many as five perpetually failing elementary schools into charter-like entities under a new Achievement School District with its own superintendent.
As a very public advocate of parental choice in education for most of my adult life, I am used to having my intentions questioned.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the North Carolina House's Connect NC bond proposal.
A bill that would allow the state to gather more detailed information on why teachers leave the state and the profession - a topic that has become a political football for both parties - is in conference committee as lawmakers attempt to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions.
Two of the state's most powerful lawmakers are perplexed that their education reform bill passed unanimously in the House but immediately was assigned to the Senate's Ways and Means Committee, a graveyard for legislation.
North Carolina public schools are developing a multimillion-dollar student data mining system intended to compile and analyze reams of information to improve educational outcomes.
Attorneys on both sides of the voucher issue made their case on Tuesday to the state's highest court, with Supreme Court justices considering a challenge to a Superior Court decision stating that the Opportunity Scholarship Program, offering tuition vouchers to low-income parents who removed...
Corrections officers are confronting the most violent people in our state every minute of their day. Some live under death threats not only to them... but to their family. Working in this environment comes at a price. But we will support our corrections officers and all those engaged in public...
When the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released school performance grades earlier this month, public school advocacy groups noted that the grades reflected the socioeconomic makeup of the schools. They observed that schools with few free and reduced price lunch students generally...
Those who care about education reform learned a lot on February 5 when North Carolina released its first letter grades for public schools. The grades reflect three sets of information: average student performance on end-of-year tests, the amount of annual growth in those scores, and graduation...
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