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Little improvement on NAEP vocabulary assessment

Today the U.S. Department of Education released results of the vocabulary component of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment.  State-level data were not available.

It is charter school lottery season

Charter schools throughout North Carolina are conducting their annual admissions lotteries. Charters are required by law to choose students by lottery whenever the number of applications exceeds the number of seats.  It is a pretty common situation because charter schools are subject to statutory restrictions on enrollment growth.  Parental choice be damned! Uwharrie Charter AcademyContinue Reading

N&R fails to identify teacher’s ties to left wing advocacy groups

Todd Warren is just your average teacher chosen to comment on Senate Bill 480, a bill that would limit the political activities of public school employees during school hours. Well, that is the impression one would get by reading this story by the News & Record, which identified Warren only as a Spanish teacher at GuilfordContinue Reading

Who profits from public schools?

Linda Welborn, a member of the Guilford County Board of Education, has figured it out…or so she thinks. The new charter school movement, backed by big money, has infiltrated North Carolina. Our children are the ones who will lose as profit-mongers consume more tax dollars. North Carolinians – whether promoters of choice, traditional public schoolsContinue Reading

Want to give this school board more money?

Yesterday I discussed Superintendent Mo Green’s desire to increase the Guilford County Schools budget by tens of millions of dollars. Today, the GCS Board of Education is one member short after someone alerted the media and school board that December appointee Chris Gillespie did not live in the district he was appointed to represent. It’s anContinue Reading

Guilford County Schools budget request

Marquita Brown of the News and Record reports that GCS Superintendent Mo Green will request that county commissioners approve a $26 million boost to the district’s budget. Brown spends a lot of time describing revenue and expenditures from state sources.  I mean, isn’t the NC GOP responsible for GCS’s funding hardships? NC Department of PublicContinue Reading

Budget proposes moving DNPE into Governor’s Office

The Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is a small office housed in the Department of Administration.  DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina.  Governor McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE “under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.” If the measure survives the lengthy budget process, it wouldContinue Reading

$12 billion education program is glorified day care

Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution recently evaluated the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), a program that provides federal funds for before- and after-school programs for at-risk children.  Dynarski argues that the program is glorified day care, To date, more than $12 billion of federal tax money has been spent on a program thatContinue Reading

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