Category Archives: K-12 education

Re: Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

Terry, Here’s a response from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham: “Today’s ruling by a single trial court judge advances a clear political agenda ahead of the needs of thousands of North Carolina children. We are committed to providing students a sound, basic education – and that’s the very reason we don’t want to trap disabledContinue Reading

Majority of Americans Favor Local Control of Public Schools

Yesterday, the 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released and the findings confirm Americans want Local School Boards to have the authority.  When asked to reflect on who should have the greatest influence on what is taught in the public schools, Americans prefer local school boards over theContinue Reading

Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

This morning, Superior Court Judge Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program is unconstitutional. He claims that the program does not serve a public purpose and creates an unequal, supposedly unaccountable, system of schools. Let’s look back.  The action began in February when Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction that halted the state’s Opportunity ScholarshipContinue Reading

NCAE proudly posts photo of meeting with Jim Hunt

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page: The photo also includes NCAE’s “messaging ideas,” which are written on a large sheet of paper behind Governor Hunt.  I’ll try my best to decipher the writing, but none of them are terribly revealing. – NCAE = public education students, educators, and ESP’s [educationContinue Reading

WSOC: “Parents, teachers frustrated by stoppage of Common Core”

Another misleading headline courtesy of WSOC in Charlotte. According to WSOC reporter Paige Hansen, parents and teachers are frustrated by stoppage of Common Core. There is just one problem.  Common Core hasn’t stopped.  Hansen even says so in her story. Common Core remains in place for the 2014-15 school year.  A standards review commission willContinue Reading

The information gap

The Education Next — Program on Education Policy and Governance — Survey 2014, a nationally representative sample of over 5,000 adults, was released today. As usual, I found that the “information gap” questions to be the most telling.  For example, respondents were asked to estimate the average per pupil expenditure for their local school district.Continue Reading

Wake County Schools social media policy

Earlier this week, Wake County Assistant Superintendent Douglas Thilman disseminated a three page memo that detailed social media guidelines for district faculty and staff. I think the advice in the memo is pretty sensible, but I suspect that some Wake County Schools employees will not take it seriously.  Thilman writes [edited for length], Do notContinue Reading

Carolina Rising launches $1.5 million ‘A Little Brighter’ back-to-school campaign

From Dallas Woodhouse at Carolina Rising: Carolina Rising Releases Statewide, “A Little Brighter,” Back to School Advertising Campaign $1.5 Million Effort Will Educate Parents On Speaker Tillis and Gov. McCrory’s Efforts To Implement Large Teacher Pay Raise And School Improvements (Raleigh)  As parents across North Carolina prepare to send their kids back to school, CarolinaContinue Reading