Category Archives: K-12 education

NCAE “all in” for Hillary Clinton

State affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA) voted to officially endorse Hillary Clinton.  Mike Antonucci provides the details of the NEA PAC Council vote here. All 69 of North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) votes went to Hillary.  That will not sit well with certain factions within the NCAE.  

A closer look at the WalletHub data

Ah, WalletHub, the obscure website that North Carolina liberals visit once a year to “prove” that Republicans hate public school teachers. Lady Liberty obtained and shared WalletHub source data for their “2015’s Best and Worst States for Teachers” ranking.  As you may have heard from public school advocacy groups and the media, WalletHub youngster RichieContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

A recent Carolina Journal cover story has prompted a national group representing federal prosecutors to seek an investigation from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It’s a story involving murderous gang members, death threats, and a politically appointed U.S. attorney’s questionable actions. Rick Henderson shares details during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. John HoodContinue Reading

TN study: Pre-K benefits fade by third-grade

Researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute found that gains from participation in the Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten (TN-VPK) program did not last. In A Randomized Control Trial of a Statewide Voluntary Prekindergarten Program on Children’s Skills and Behaviors through Third Grade, researchers examined academic and behavioral measures for 1,076 low-income children.  Of that total, 773Continue Reading

DPI examines state funding trends

The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently updated a graph detailing changes to state per pupil funding. It is interesting for two reasons.  First, if Republicans leaders continue to follow the trend depicted below, then North Carolina’s K-12 budget will receive a sizable boost next year. Second, it shows how Democrats slashed state educationContinue Reading

WTVD spreads education budget misinformation

The title of the story is “Cumberland will lose 70 teachers under new budget.” But the district did not “lose 70 teachers.”  It lost 70 teacher positions formerly funded using teacher assistant funds. According to the report, the district will “dip into reserve funds to pay the teachers this year.”  Despite what the title saysContinue Reading

CMS to create video to address transgender issues

According to the October 2015 contracts report, the State Board of Education awarded $10,000 in federal funds to the Charlotte-Meckleburg Schools (CMS) to “complete a video and curriculum guide for addressing transgender issues in schools.” Some will question the creation of the video and curriculum guide for this purpose, but I have a different concern. Continue Reading

Child poverty rate drops in NC

Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that, while the child poverty rate remained flat nationwide, 2014 American Community Survey data indicate that the rate dropped in North Carolina.  The Casey Foundation notes, At the state level, child poverty rates improved in 24 states as well as the District of Columbia.  Seventeen states saw no change, and theContinue Reading