Category Archives: K-12 education

Attention media: Do not do this

Next week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release state test results for the 2013-14 school year.  Last year’s results cannot be compared to the 2012-13 scores because the N.C. State Board of Education moved from four achievement levels in 2012-13 to five achievement levels in 2013-14.  In both cases, a Level III scoreContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

A federal judge has ruled North Carolina can proceed this fall with elections incorporating election-law changes approved in 2013. Rick Henderson assesses the significance of that ruling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato pans the misguided environmental message embedded within exhibits at Fort Fisher’s N.C. Aquarium, and Lindalyn Kakadelis discusses aContinue Reading

DPI’s Oversight Inaptness or Agenda

Carolina Journal recently reported on the actions of the New Hanover School Board regarding the new AP US History Framework.  On the same day, Stanley Kurtz wrote, How the College Board Politicized U. S. History, in National Review.  While the issues regarding the new 98-page AP US History Framework continues to swirl, the NC DepartmentContinue Reading

Stam slams Dems’ math

A recurring television ad in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race has prompted a response from Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, speaker pro tem of the N.C. House of Representatives. NCGA Increases Funding for Education Raleigh, NC –  A narrator in advertisements currently being run by the national Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says, “House Speaker Thom TillisContinue Reading

New Mercatus report on federal role in education

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just published a really helpful overview of the role of the federal government in education. Reading, Writing, and Regulations: A Survey of the Expanding Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education Policy by Rhodes College economics professor Courtney A. Collins examines the history of federal education laws andContinue Reading

A strike back against the food police

An article in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek explains why some schools across the country are “Tossing the First Lady’s Lunch.” As superintendent of the Fort Thomas Independent School District in northern Kentucky, Gene Kirchner oversees 3,000 students who buy about 1,400 cafeteria lunches each day. At least they used to. Since federal school lunch nutritionContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the New Hanover County school board’s vote to seek a delay in implementation of a revised AP U.S. history course. John Hood’s Daily Journal credits the Obama administration for proceeding with development of helpful new economic measures.

Opportunity Scholarship supporters ask appeals court to put order on hold

Voucher supporters have file an emergency motion to put Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood’s ruling halting vouchers on hold until the case is decided on appeal. “The Superior Court’s action has thrown the educational future of these students into turmoil,” the brief asking for the “temporary stay” reads. The brief also notes that a previousContinue Reading