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Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) released

North Carolina’s five largest school districts earned Cs on the Brookings Institution’s 2016 Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI).   The index examines thirteen categories of policy and practice in the 112 largest public school districts in the nation. Here is how the North Carolina cohort fared: T-20. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: C+ T-27. Wake County Schools: C+Continue Reading






Local School Finance Study published

The Public School Forum of North Carolina released their 2017 Local School Finance Study, a report that examines roughly one-fourth funding for public schools in North Carolina. The other three-fourths of the funding, which come from state and federal sources, are excluded.  WRAL says that the report “isolated local spending from state and federal spending,”Continue Reading






Charter school opponents on the attack

N.C. Policy Watch reporter Billy Ball recently published a lengthy piece attacking former Charlotte mayor, charter school founder, and attorney Richard Vinroot for his one-page overview of charter school data and a few extemporaneous remarks about them.  According to the critics quoted in the story, one of Mr. Vinroot’s most egregious sins was comparing statewideContinue Reading






Bertie County Schools financial crisis

Because the entity in question is not a private or charter school, don’t expect the News & Observer or WRAL to say a word about it.  But the Bertie County Schools has a full-blown financial crisis on their hands. According to an article published in the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, representatives from the N.C. Department of Public InstructionContinue Reading






Washington Post headline is misleading

Washington Post headline: “A book about a dress-loving boy was supposed to teach kids acceptance — until lawmakers complained” Washington Post story (paragraph 5): “But the book was abruptly pulled from the reading list after several teachers complained, according to Charles Jeter, the district’s government liaison.” Washington Post credibility: 0.0 There is no doubt that theContinue Reading






N.C. charter law receives a C+ in annual ranking

The Center for Education Reform (CER) released their annual charter school law report card today.  North Carolina is tied with Texas and Utah for the 12th best charter school law in the nation and is only one point shy of receiving a B. We would improve our grade if we allowed multiple authorizers to operateContinue Reading






School choice key to urban renewal

Today, EdChoice published “Renewing our Cities: A Case Study on School Choice’s Role in Urban Renewal” by Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison, Jing Zhao.  According to the authors, Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration given toContinue Reading






U.S. Department of Education: Spending and Staffing

Below are two instructive graphs published by the Heritage Foundation.  President Trump’s budget would cut discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Education after decades of steady growth.  Interestingly, staffing levels have remained relatively constant since 1980.






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