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NC home schools: 107,000 students strong

Today, the NC Division of Non-Public Education released home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.  It was a remarkable year for North Carolina’s home schools. Not only was there a 9 percent increase in the number of homeschoolers statewide, the homeschool population eclipsed 100,000 students for the first time. Over the last four schoolContinue Reading

The Magna Carta still matters

Yesterday, the John Locke Foundation celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  Dr. Troy Kickler, director of the North Carolina History Project, published a superb article that outlined the significance of the Magna Carta.  The John Locke Foundation also sponsored a panel discussion commemorating its anniversary. Today, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas referencedContinue Reading

Shakespeare still matters

In a short blog post titled, “Shakespeare buffs will like Scalia’s King v. Burwell dissent,” Sasha Volokh points out that U.S. Supreme Court justices occasionally include references to Shakespeare in their written opinions. Volokh‘s post is a reminder of the importance of cultural literacy.  But I fear that few appear to possess it and certainly CommonContinue Reading

Scalia: Call it SCOTUScare, not Obamacare

Breaking bad news: In King v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lays out what today’s ruling on Obamacare means.    In the dissent, Scalia writes, Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act thatContinue Reading

WRAL fact check on education spending? Hilarious.

OK, folks, let’s not get too bent out of shape about WRAL’s latest fact check, “Fact Check: Senators debate education spending, constant dollars, fairy tales.” Consider the function of a “fact check,” that is, to combine bias with lack of policy expertise. Next, consider who WRAL’s Mark Binker contacted to provide policy expertise.  1) Andrew Brod,Continue Reading

Auditor hammers DPI for sloppy oversight of grants

Today, the NC Office of the State Auditor published a performance audit of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. North Carolina receives around $30 million in federal funds every year for a variety of district- and community-based programs for at-risk students.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) oversees the competitive grant process,Continue Reading

Ed school prof: universities should help radical Left

In an Education Week op-ed, University of Illinois-Chicago assistant professor Nicole Nguyen calls on university faculty to “to counter the oppressive systems of inequality that brutalize youths.”  She continues, The ongoing police killings of Black adolescents are a clarion call to academics to remake universities around this public mission. Our privilege as academics charges us withContinue Reading

ICYMI: Dozens of teachers rally for more money

You may have missed it, but over the weekend Aim Higher Now NC, a shadowy pro-Democrat advocacy group, held a handful of rallies on Saturday. The Fayetteville Observer reported that 30 people showed up for the event in Fayetteville, although the Observer’s photo (below) captured only a dozen or so protesters. Apparently there was anContinue Reading

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