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Weird thing about SAT participation + test scores!

SAT and Advanced Placement scores were released today. I’ll get to the scores in a minute.  What I find strange is that the number of public school students taking the SAT dropped by only 0.1 percent.  The state gives ACT tests to all 11th-grade students at no cost to the family or district.  I assumedContinue Reading

Study: NC charters have positive effects on district schools

In “Direct and indirect impact of charter schools’ entry on traditional public schools: New evidence from North Carolina” (Economic Letters, September 2014), Professor Yusuke Jinnai examines North Carolina data from 1997 to 2005 to assess the impact of charter schools on their district school counterparts.  Jinnai concludes, This paper finds small but positive direct impactContinue Reading

Education “cuts” in MI? Deja vu all over again

Courtesy of Education Week: KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder, the non-confrontational Republican who’s averse to slamming his critics, is more forcefully countering what he calls “the big lie” in his re-election bid — charges that he cut $1 billion in education funding in 2011. His opponent, Democrat Mark Schauer, isn’t shying away fromContinue Reading

DPI: State education funding up over $200 per student this year

About a week ago, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) updated a one-page document titled Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars.  The publication was developed in 2012 by an advisor to Governor Bev Perdue and was later posted on the N.C. DPI website, as I explain here.  Now that Bev Perdue has moved on,Continue Reading

ABC 11: Obscure website pans NC spending trends

How many times have you heard someone begin a conversation with, “I was on the WalletHub.com website earlier today…”? WalletHub.com was founded in 2012 and is in the business of ranking stuff and selling advertising on their website.  For example, the small Washington D.C.-based company recently ranked North Carolina 37th on a list of mostContinue Reading

The Left’s new school funding argument

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a more detailed response to both, but mostContinue Reading

NCLB-mandated turnover may have benefitted NC students

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky and Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington examined the performance of North Carolina public school students who attended schools that were subject to sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Schools that did notContinue Reading

Not so fast, NCAE…

Barry Smith: Appeals Court Releases Voucher Money For Low-Income Students

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