Category Archives: School choice

GCS official: “Say This, Not That” for Public Schools

In the June 2015 issue of the American School Board Journal, Nora Carr, chief of staff for North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools, offers some messaging pointers for public school employees and advocates. She writes, “Borrowing from the ‘Charter School Messaging Notebook’ and public school messaging research conducted in North Carolina by the Neimand Collaborative, hereContinue Reading

Magnet and charter schools: Another double standard

Today, Keung Hui of the News and Observer focuses on Wake County’s high-poverty magnet schools, some of which are having difficulties attracting applicants.  It is a pretty interesting read. I cannot help but compare the plight of Wake County’s magnet schools to another public school option, charter schools.  While magnets and charters are different –Continue Reading

Should we celebrate Head Start’s 50th anniversary?

Answering the above question depends on whether the $8 billion program actually produces lasting benefits for low-income children. In an interview with PBS Newshour, Russ Whitehurst, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, raises doubts about the efficacy of Head Start, The evidence is that it did some good when it was first introduced in theContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Volvo’s recent decision to site a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina has helped spur increased interest in the future of targeted tax incentives in North Carolina. Roy Cordato makes the free-market case against incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses regulatory obstacles standing in the way of new charterContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on research debunking a myth about a link between North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law and hospitals’ provision of charity care. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal reports that an otherwise problematic N.C. House budget has some good ideas for public education.

Top high schools in NC

U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of top high schools. The following are the top 20 high schools in North Carolina: Raleigh Charter High School (Charter school) The Early College At Guilford (Guilford County Schools) Woods Charter (Charter school) Weaver Academy (Guilford County Schools) Thomas Jefferson Class Academy (Charter school) East ChapelContinue Reading

A tipping point for school choice

Greg Kaza writes at National Review Online about a significant development in the growth of school choice options nationwide. Arkansas’s recent enactment of a school-choice voucher law is highly symbolic. As the 25th state to adopt school choice, Arkansas became the tipping point in the national debate about the idea. Indeed, soon afterwards, Nevada andContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on charter school advocates’ concern about a requirement that schools hold a $50,000 reserve. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges N.C. lawmakers to stick with the fiscal discipline that helped create a significant budget surplus.