Category Archives: School choice

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the State Board of Education has endorsed the idea of replicating successful public charter schools. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal asks why many anti-poverty advocates show no interest in the effectiveness of government anti-poverty programs.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Supreme Court says the state can make preparations for a second year of opportunity scholarships, pending a final decision in a lawsuit challenging the scholarship program as unconstitutional. Troy Kickler’s Daily Journal highlights a time when congressional fights actually drew blood.

Wal-Mart heiress pushes charter schools

A feature story in the latest Forbes details the work of Carrie Walton Penner, whose middle name might sound familiar. A vision for the future of education sits within a converted church in the heart of a working-class neighborhood in northern Houston, abutted by auto parts stores and a heat treatment plant. At YES PrepContinue Reading

NCAE seeks “meaningful dialogue” with Republican legislators

In a piece titled “Holding True to Our Vision of Excellent Schools,” Rodney Ellis, President of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), laid out a new vision for the organization and their advocacy activities.  He writes, As we begin to prepare for the 2015 Legislative Session that will gear up in January, I also thinkContinue Reading

DPI: Two-thirds of NC charter schools perform at or above districts

This week, the State Board of Education will review the Annual Charter School Report, approve it, and submit it to the N.C. General Assembly. N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff write, Eighty-four schools were at or above the district level accounting for 67.2%. This is an 8.4% increase from the preceding year. Fewer schoolsContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

During a recent visit to Raleigh, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard offered a John Locke Foundation audience his analysis of 2014 midterm election results. Kristol also discussed the election’s ramifications for public policy over the next two years during an interview for this weekend’s edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear from oneContinue Reading

Speaker candidate Moore hits a home run

Representative Tim Moore is one the candidates for Speaker of the N.C. House.  I have not examined the education policy priorities of the other folks vying for the position, but I think they would have a difficult time topping Rep. Moore. In a pamphlet distributed to members of the House, Moore said, North Carolina isContinue Reading

Charter schools: An ideal model of school management

“Does Management Matter in Schools” is the title of a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study of the “operations, targets and human resources management practices in over 1,800 schools educating 15-year-olds in eight countries.” Researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the London School of Economics created a management index for each school by assessingContinue Reading