Category Archives: K-12 education

$69,157,850 In Education Contracts While Teachers Buy Classroom Supplies

The State Board of Education usually votes on contracts every month with one fell swoop. Next week the Board has a hefty list of 46 pages consisting of 74 individual contracts. This approval vote will spend over $69 million state and federal dollars. Who are the winners and what new initiatives are in this “wind fall”Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Guilford County Schools’ controversial decision to deny a Special Needs Scholarship Grant to a visually impaired student. In the first part of a pro/con series, Robert Poole’s Daily Journal endorses the plan for toll lanes on Interstate 77.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on North Carolina reaching a milestone of 100,000 homeschoolers statewide. John Hood’s Daily Journal probes generally good news about North Carolina’s recent economic performance.






Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now that former member of theContinue Reading






The role of charter schools after Katrina

Jason Russell shares with Washington Examiner readers a detailed description of the role charter schools have played in New Orleans — and for children displaced from New Orleans — in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. The results at Hynes have been nothing short of miraculous. In the 2013-14 school year, nine out of 10Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new audit that spells out more than $3 million in Medicaid misspending from Robeson County public schools. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the impact of federally owned land in N.C. counties.






Puncturing myths about Wake County school politics

The mainstream media narrative surrounding contentious Wake County school board elections since 2009 often missed the mark. That’s one key finding from The End of Consensus, a book that explores factors that contributed to a much more contentious school board climate starting in the 2000s. Co-author Andrew Taylor, N.C. State political science professor and CarolinaContinue Reading






Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework and College Readiness: Evidence from TargetedContinue Reading