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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
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act with a 85-12 vote...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers created "a pretty good fix" to a growing concern that school districts were bypassing the intent of a state law granting educational vouchers to disabled students to attend private schools, said House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Rob Bryan.
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...
Governor Pat McCrory spoke with teachers from throughout the state today for a meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, a committee re-established in September 2013 to address the needs of North Carolina K-12 teachers and students.
The taxpayers of North Carolina have historically made a tremendous commitment to education, and the next biennium will continue that legacy. More than 54 percent, or over $12 billion of our General Fund spending will be directed to education in each year of the biennium.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a project of the U.S. Department of Education, administers U.S. history, geography, and civics assessments once every four years. In 2014, a representative sample of over 29,000 eighth-grade students from across the nation took one of the...
Those who pay attention to state politics have heard it again and again. Enrollment in teacher education programs has dropped because Governor McCrory and evil state legislators do not "respect" the teaching profession.
For years, the N.C. State Board of Education has focused on producing "globally engaged" public school students. Admittedly, I have only a vague idea what "globally engaged" or similar terms mean, but I hear a lot about it in education circles. Sophisticated-sounding terms with the word...
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.
Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives.
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.
This week's Bad Bill of the Week features the resurrection of a Bad Bill feature from two years ago. House Bill 609, The Healthy and High Performing Schools Act, is sponsored by Reps. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg). HB 609 is a near...
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.
It gets downplayed in the drive by media, but the public school are required to report annually to the legislature on the crime situation within the state's public schools each year.
The University of North Carolina is proposing to charge lower tuition to out-of-state students who live close to the state border. The UNC Board of Governors will consider the proposal, which is called "border tuition," at its January meeting.
Veteran Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes mostly about K-12 education, but he is also interested in the results for students after they've graduated and enrolled in college. He's also a self-professed college football freak, looking forward to the first-ever playoff series for the...
This year has been an eventful one for higher education in general and for North Carolina specifically. As Santa checks his list, the Pope Center has a few suggestions as to who's been naughty and nice this year.
About one-third of all freshmen are enrolled each year in a remedial class. Yet current remedial methods are not very effective. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a mere 17 percent of four-year students enrolled in remedial reading and 27 percent of four-year students...
On the whole, U.S. colleges and universities don't get everything right. They're overpriced, operationally hidebound, and ideologically stagnant. But American higher education does some things very well-well enough that students from around the world still choose to come to the United States to...
I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending fifteen minutes walking two hundred yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson's post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty, and townspeople. For each there was a hearty "good morn
In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched his plan for making two years of community college as "free and universal in America as high school is today." He thinks it would be a great thing. But at the community college where I taught English from 2007 to 2010, Georgia Perimeter...
The university where I teach, George Mason University (GMU), has a speech code which purports to regulate the speech of students in the interest of civility and educational values.
Over the past two years, the University of North Carolina has been implementing recommendations laid out by the General Administration and Board of Governors in their 2013 report, Our Time, Our Future: the UNC Compact with North Carolina. For example, the system has streamlined the transfer...
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