Category Archives: K-12 education

Iredell bond campaign follows playbook, uses kids as props

Cute kids. Ugly politics. More from the Our Schools First Facebook page:

Iredell schools distributing “Vote Yes” signs

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Michelle’s School Lunches

In yet another example of a failure of well-intentioned policy, Michelle Obama’s new school lunch guidelines are creating all sorts of unintended consequences.  Unintended, but not unforeseeable.  I mean, is anyone really all that surprised that kids don’t love healthier lunches so are purchasing fewer of them and throwing more away?  That shouldn’t exactly beContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on a new John Locke Foundation study calling for repeal or reduction of North Carolina’s capital gains tax. John Hood’s Daily Journal refutes false claims about Republican legislators and state education spending.

A truth comes out, now that it doesn’t matter politically

Over at Right Angles I explore the significance of this paragraph tucked away in a News & Observer story about Wake County parents worried about student reassignments again: As a fast-growing district of 155,000 students, Wake County historically has reassigned thousands of students each year. In the mid- to late-2000s, high rates of growth ledContinue Reading “the facts are being twisted”, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, examined the oft-repeated claim that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis cut $500 million from the state education budget. Here is the overall assessment from’s Robert Farley: In the NEA Advocacy Fund ad, the teacher says Tillis, while state House speaker, “cut $500 million fromContinue Reading

An early lesson in the ‘Reductio ad Hitlerum’

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller offers the following example of a fair, unbiased presentation of political ideas within a public school classroom. A sixth-grade teacher at a Washington, D.C. public school will apologize to students but otherwise is receiving no punishment whatsoever for sending students home with an assignment this week instructing them toContinue Reading

NCAE member(s) using school district resources for politicking

A Wake County Schools employee sent the following email from her district email account to her colleagues: To: ***** Staff Group From: *****/*****/WCPSS Date: 09/11/2014 07:32 AM Subject: mid term elections Dear Colleagues, As you are aware the mid term elections are approaching soon.  It is so crucial that we vote for candidates that supportContinue Reading