Category Archives: K-12 education

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Urges vote, hasn’t voted in a decade

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Iredell residents to “vote yes” on a school bond referendum next week. The problem is, according to an article in the Statesville Record & Landmark, “Earnhardt has not cast a single ballot since registering to vote in November 2004.”

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The bureaucrats who run North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction warned this summer about the negative impact of proposed DPI budget cuts. Now that the cuts have come to pass, Terry Stoops says the impact involves little more than eliminating vacant jobs. Stoops discusses DPI’s budget during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. SarahContinue Reading

Wake County Schools: Ignore released figures and wait until next year

Earlier today I summarized 2013-14 teacher turnover data for the state and Wake County. News & Observer reporter Keung Hui followed up my blog post with one of his own. I was critical of an April 2014 press conference that featured Wake County teachers and administrators warning of an “alarming” increase in teacher resignations.  DataContinue Reading

Despite dire warnings, teacher turnover rate dropped in Wake County

In April, a group of Wake County teachers and administrators held a press conference that warned of an “alarming” number of teacher resignations in the district during the first few months of the 2013-14 school year. “Good teachers are having to make hard decisions to leave our classrooms for a better future somewhere else orContinue Reading

AEI experts urge conservative candidates to tout education reforms

Frederick Hess and Max Eden of the American Enterprise Institute explain for National Review Online readers why they believe conservatives running in this year’s elections should have done more to emphasize education reform. Education offers Republican leaders a chance to compete on Democratic turf and show their commitment to equal opportunity. It’s no surprise thatContinue Reading

TIME cover story focuses on the problems of teacher tenure

The latest TIME magazine cover story documents the growing movement to do away with tenure for public school teachers. On a warm day in early June, a Los Angeles County trial-court judge, Rolf M. Treu, pink-cheeked beneath a trim white beard, dropped a bombshell on the American public-school system. Ruling in Vergara v. California, TreuContinue Reading

Lefty activists target Texas textbooks

H. Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute explains in a Human Events column why left-of-center political activists have taken an interest in Texas public school textbooks. There is a controversy over proposed new school textbooks in Texas—not over what is actually in the books but instead over scientific facts environmental lobbyists want the publishers toContinue Reading

Iredell pro-bond group messes with Halloween

It’s bad enough that those who are promoting a facilities bond in Iredell County are using kids as props and public schools as distribution centers. Now they are messing with Halloween. But I am not worried.  I suspect that most pro-bond handouts will go the way of Necco Wafers and Mounds bars – in theContinue Reading