Category Archives: K-12 education

Guilford County Schools budget request

Marquita Brown of the News and Record reports that GCS Superintendent Mo Green will request that county commissioners approve a $26 million boost to the district’s budget. Brown spends a lot of time describing revenue and expenditures from state sources.  I mean, isn’t the NC GOP responsible for GCS’s funding hardships? NC Department of PublicContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about privacy concerns surrounding a new student data mining system. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the ongoing N.C. debate involving incentives and economic development.

Budget proposes moving DNPE into Governor’s Office

The Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is a small office housed in the Department of Administration.  DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina.  Governor McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE “under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.” If the measure survives the lengthy budget process, it wouldContinue Reading

Highlighting an ideological attack on charter schools

Kevin Williamson examines for National Review Online readers recent left-of-center attacks on an HBO program that portrays charter schools in anything other than a negative light. On behalf of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to HBO. Charter schools are public schools, albeit public schools that are given the teensiestContinue Reading

Citizenship tests for citizens

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features an editorial urging citizenship tests for people who are already citizens. Americans love democracy and freedom — so long as there’s no quiz involved. The numbers are depressing: One in four Americans do not know that the U.S. declared its independence from England. One in three cannot nameContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith documents for Carolina Journal Online the struggles of a Raleigh-based charter school that serves students with disabilities. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal focuses on high salaries and high turnover rates among N.C. public school superintendents.

$12 billion education program is glorified day care

Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution recently evaluated the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), a program that provides federal funds for before- and after-school programs for at-risk children.  Dynarski argues that the program is glorified day care, To date, more than $12 billion of federal tax money has been spent on a program thatContinue Reading

Atkinson comments on teacher pay

When teach pay stagnated… “I am troubled by the lack of progress on teacher pay” – Budget Statement from State Superintendent June Atkinson, July 22, 2013   When teacher pay increased significantly… “Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson declined to comment on the NEA report.” – Matthew Burns, “NC still lags in teacher pay, studentContinue Reading