Category Archives: K-12 education

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Democrats have not yet rallied around a single challenger to incumbent Republican Richard Burr in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Rick Henderson analyzes potential candidates and Burr’s bid for a third Senate term during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses the work of a review commission studying the impact of CommonContinue Reading






TX comptroller releases 50-state scorecard

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here.  (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate.  In addition,Continue Reading






Obama lunch rules lead to layoffs

Elizabeth Harrington reports for the Washington Free Beacon on one unintended consequence of First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch crusade. Hundreds of school districts in the country have made layoffs and reduced hours for cafeteria workers due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules, a new survey has found. Participation in the school lunch programContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest state budget extension and new agreements in budget negotiations. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal highlights his new co-authored book on the Wake County school board’s recent political battles.






2015 Graduation Rate Needs Better Scrutiny

NOW is the time! The State Board of Education and others interested in transparency should request the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to disaggregate the 2015 graduation rate by pathway of obtaining the diploma. In 2006 DPI started reporting a four-year graduation rate, and since then the graduation rate has increased 15.6 percentage points.Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a critique of a recent state audit targeting the group that oversees North Carolina’s Medicaid program. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the research supporting school choice.






Teacher “crisis” averted in Guilford County

In an article written by N.C. Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner, Guilford County Schools (GCS) official Nora Carr sounded the alarm on the number of teacher vacancies in her district.  She blamed state legislators for the unfilled positions. I commented on the story here. Yesterday, the Greensboro News & Record published a “sidebar” (i.e., call asContinue Reading






Harvard professor gauges public response to federal school discipline warning

Harvard government professor Paul Peterson explains in a National Review Online column that the Obama administration has gained little public support for its efforts to turn school discipline into a federal government issue. [W]hatever its legal basis, does the Obama administration’s new policy have broad-based support? To find out, we at the Harvard Program onContinue Reading