Category Archives: School choice

Who profits from public schools?

Linda Welborn, a member of the Guilford County Board of Education, has figured it out…or so she thinks. The new charter school movement, backed by big money, has infiltrated North Carolina. Our children are the ones who will lose as profit-mongers consume more tax dollars. North Carolinians – whether promoters of choice, traditional public schoolsContinue Reading

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

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.

Lessons from a charter school

The latest issue of Fortune magazine includes Nina Easton‘s report on successful New York charter schools. If you’ve heard of charter school founder Eva Moskowitz, odds are it’s because of her pitched, front-page battles with teachers’ unions and their powerful ally, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. But whatever your politics, it’s hard to denyContinue Reading

Federalist column highlights ‘home-designed education’

Ashley Bateman writes for The Federalist website about an emerging trend involving education savings accounts. As school districts struggle to enact effective, broad based reform, some parents have stopped waiting on the system and are taking an ESA-type approach to their children’s education. Commonly referred to as home schooling, but increasingly social and community-based, parent-designedContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Diet blogger Steve Cooksey has won his legal battle with N.C. regulators, and Rick Henderson discusses the controversy’s resolution for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato pans a new study that purports to show the economic benefits of government spending on transportation in North Carolina. You’ll also hear highlights from the stateContinue Reading

Wake County Schools trust parents…sometimes

Yesterday I took a look at the Wake County Public School System’s website.  Specifically, I looked at the Winter Weather Make-Up Days page.  Because of all the snow and ice over the past few weeks, kids have missed a lot of school, and school systems all over the state are trying to figure out howContinue Reading