Category Archives: K-12 education

Chicago mayor isn’t letting teacher pension crisis go to waste

Blake Neff reports for the Daily Caller on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response to a local teacher pension funding problem. About 1,400 Chicago public school teachers and staff are expected to lose their jobs in order to finance a pension debt of $634 million, the city announced Wednesday. The layoffs are part of an aggressiveContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

With new candidates emerging regularly in the 2016 presidential race, North Carolina’s earlier placement in the nomination process could lead to a more important role for the Tar Heel State. Rick Henderson dissects the latest presidential election news during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops recaps his recent testimony for the stateContinue Reading

Turnaround school districts explored

Jason Russell reports for the Washington Examiner on states that have created “turnaround” districts to address failing public schools. State governments have become increasingly impatient with failing schools over the past decade. Since 2003, three states have implemented state-run school districts that take over failing schools with the goal of turning them around: Louisiana, TennesseeContinue Reading

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

Federal lunch rules teach kids some unexpected lessons

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon details a new report on the impact of federal school lunch rules. Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chairedContinue 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