K-12 education

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    National Review editors say good riddance to Blaine Amendments

    Editors at National Review Online praise a U.S. Supreme Court ruling with significant implications for school choice. It took a century and a half, but the Supreme Court finally rejected the Blaine amendments. The Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a victory for religious…
    Mitch Kokai, July 2, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Roy Cooper has delayed his school reopening announcement without explaining why. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal ponders the “great debate” about whether to wear face masks in response to COVID-19.
    Mitch Kokai, July 2, 2020
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    NCAE: New leadership, same modus operandi

    Tamika Walker Kelly’s first press release as NC Association of Educators president continues the fine tradition of unquestioned support for Democrats.
    Terry Stoops, July 1, 2020
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    Public school teachers are turning on Cooper

    Three weeks ago, Gov. Cooper told North Carolinians that he would announce their selection of one of three back-to-school options on July 1. For the most part, teachers were cool with that. The evening before the announcement, Cooper’s press office announced that Cooper would delay his much-anticipated decision. A few…
    Terry Stoops, July 1, 2020
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    Martin Center column endorses abolishing federal Education Department

    Walter Block writes for the Martin Center about getting the federal government out of local education decisions. The present essay is an attempt to make the case for the elimination of the Department of Education. Why pick on that Department? There are two reasons. One, it was established 31…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a big win to school choice supporters. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why N.C. policymakers should say no to targeted tax breaks.
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2020
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    State audit blasts North Carolina Virtual Public School

    The North Carolina Virtual Public School is a state-run virtual school established in 2007.  An audit published by the Office of the State Auditor today is nothing less than an embarrassment. State auditors found: Eight of 12 NCVPS courses audited did not meet required curriculum content standards, increasing the…
    Terry Stoops, June 30, 2020
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    Naturally, teachers are upset about bonus

    State revenue is an estimated $4 billion short, but public school teachers don’t care. Over a million North Carolinians applied for unemployment benefits, and many private and nonprofit employers have cut employee hours and eliminated positions.  Nevertheless, public school teachers are spending their summer months complaining about their pay on…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2020