Category Archives: K-12 education

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

Education funding in the states

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a left-wing think tank that publishes research and funds like-minded state-based operations including the N.C. Justice Center. This week, CBPP published a report that examined education spending.  And N.C. Policy Watch, part of the organization that receives funding from CBPP, said the usual stuff about evilContinue Reading

Teenie weenie lunch

A student’s photo of what appears to be a rather unsatisfying lunch from an Oklahoma public school has gone viral.  My newsletter that outlines the effects of federal regulations on school lunches has not, but it would be cool if it did.

Does it matter if a candidate attended a public or private school?

Incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt and Democrat Brian Turner are competing for the privilege of representing Asheville in the N.C. House. The Republican is a product of public education.  Rep. Moffitt and his children attended public elementary, middle, high, and postsecondary schools.  The Democrat is a product of private schools.   Mr. Turner attended the private CarolinaContinue Reading

A response to the anti-education attacks

Joy Pullmann of The Federalist offers some suggestions for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis to counter Kay Hagan’s education-based attacks in their race for Hagan’s Senate seat. I do think bad government policies hurt people, and their fellow citizens should know about it so they can flog the people who voted for these harmful policies.Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that key state lawmakers still oppose Medicaid expansion. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal looks beyond the rhetoric about cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Wake school assignments: N&O fantasy vs. parents’ reality

Fantasy: Wake schools leaders listen well on reassignments (Editorial, News & Observer, October 12, 2014) Reality: Angry parents confront Wake County School Board over latest school assignment plan (Fred Shropshire, ABC 11, October 15, 2014)  

The AP history controversy continues

Those of you who have followed with interest the controversy over recent changes in Advanced Placement U.S. history standards might appreciate a Bloomberg Businessweek report about recent developments in Colorado. The protests were a backlash against conservative efforts both locally and nationally to undo changes to the AP History curriculum, which were released in 2012Continue Reading