Category Archives: School choice

Don’t tell Matt Damon

One suspects that Matt Damon, the liberal star of the hit movie “The Martian,” would not be thrilled to read the following Fortune magazine blurb about the Andy Weir novel on which the film is based. In a feature titled “The Books That Changed My Mind,” former Intel CEO Craig Barrett offers this assessment ofContinue Reading

State per-pupil spending highest since 2011

Public school advocacy groups are pointing out that inflation-adjusted per-student spending is lower than it was before the Great Recession. But I do not believe that ignoring the recession makes for a sound analysis. During the recession, a Democratic legislative majority cut state education spending significantly.  Since the 2010 elections, Republicans have boosted nominal per-pupilContinue Reading

Sowell touts the value of removing disruptive students from the classroom

Thomas Sowell‘s latest column at Human Events offers a different twist on the recent high-profile debate over whether a police officer used excessive force when forcibly removing a student from a public school classroom. What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role ofContinue Reading

Split N.C. Appeals Court upholds ruling favoring charter schools in Cleveland County funding dispute

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 this morning to affirm a trial-court ruling favoring three charter schools in their funding dispute with the Cleveland County public school system. The majority opinion means Cleveland County schools will have to pay more than $54,000 to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Charter School, PiedmontContinue Reading

Featured speaker at “JebFest” promotes socialism, abolition of private schools

This week, the education organization founded by Jeb Bush, Foundation for Excellence in Education, held their annual conference in Denver.  “JebFest” included big-name speakers, elected officials, and education policy folks from across the nation, including host Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who serves as board chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. (Some believe that CondiConContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that the dust has settled from North Carolina’s 2015 N.C. legislative session, Becki Gray offers her assessment of lawmakers’ main accomplishments this year for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses the latest developments in North Carolina’s public charter school movement. George Leef pans a proposal to get the federal governmentContinue Reading

A libertarian approach to improving education

Erik Lidstrom devotes a column at the Federalist website to the problems associated with government involvement in education reform. In my forthcoming book, “Education Unchained: What it takes to restore schools and learning,” I take a different approach to the role of government in education. I demonstrate that we simply cannot reform the education ofContinue Reading

Best schools in NC is a new website that uses a fair and uniform grading standard to evaluate nearly every public school in the nation. Gold schools, the highest rating in the system, have an adjusted overall proficiency percentage of 75 percent or above. SchoolGrades notes that fewer than 700 schools nationwide earn a Gold rating.  NorthContinue Reading