K-12 education

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    How to resolve learning loss

    Learning loss and how to deal with it continues to be a major topic of discussion in legislatures across the country. Last week HB 82, introduced by House Republicans, proposed a six week in-classroom summer session targeted on at risk-kids as a way to help redress the growing negative…
    Bob Luebke, February 24, 2021
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    Pressure mounts on Gov. Cooper

    Two press releases I received today show the increasing pressure on Gov. Roy Cooper to proactively end the shutdown of North Carolina public schools and allow bars and taverns to open at a higher capacity. ** First into my in-box is from N.C. Senate Republicans, specifically Sen. Deanna Ballard,…
    Donna Martinez, February 23, 2021
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    Biden administration tells states that it will not grant testing waivers this year

    Chalkbeat has the story, The Biden administration said Monday that states must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of the exams. The decision means that schools…
    Terry Stoops, February 23, 2021
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    NC district adopts “nobody fails” grading policy

    WNCN reports, Teachers working in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools warn a new grading policy will harm high school students despite district leaders saying it will help them. As part of the new policy, three high school teachers tell WCNC Charlotte they can no longer give a student any grade below a…
    Terry Stoops, February 23, 2021
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    Martin Center’s Leef laments College Board’s approach to history

    George Leef of the Martin Center examines the College Board’s flawed approach to history. The College Board is a not-for-profit company that has a great deal of influence over American education. Its Scholastic Aptitude Test (the SAT) is the most widely used test for assessing the college readiness of…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2021
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    Bill Gates’ role in pushing anti-racist math

    Alex Nester of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a problematic project tied to a tech billionaire’s charitable foundation. A radical new push to purge math curricula of allegedly racist practices like showing your work and finding the correct answer is bankrolled by one of the nation’s most…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2021
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    Pandemic prescription for school kids: an education savings account

    State legislators are rightly concerned about how kids are faring in a virtual learning environment. Some may have adapted well, but others are being left behind. We can’t have that. But there’s a better way to help struggling kids than six weeks of summer school, according to Locke’s Bob…
    Donna Martinez, February 18, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a Greenville bar owner’s court fight against Gov. Roy Cooper’s shutdown order. John Trump’s CJ Opinion urges Cooper to stop talking about priorities and to take real action to reopen schools and businesses.
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2021