Category Archives: School choice

CMS to create video to address transgender issues

According to the October 2015 contracts report, the State Board of Education awarded $10,000 in federal funds to the Charlotte-Meckleburg Schools (CMS) to “complete a video and curriculum guide for addressing transgender issues in schools.” Some will question the creation of the video and curriculum guide for this purpose, but I have a different concern. Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on legislation that moves oversight of the state’s charter schools to the State Board of Education. John Hood’s Daily Journal uses an example from former Gov. Jim Martin’s career to show that there’s nothing new about personal political attacks.

Budget rummage: Study of charter school closure funds

Currently, charter schools are required to obtain a $50,000 surety bond (or have a documentation of a comparable escrow account, letter of credit, or deed of trust) that would cover expenses “related to closure proceedings in the event of a voluntary or involuntary dissolution of the charter school.”  Carolina Journal covered the issue here. TheContinue Reading

An alternative to Common Core-based instruction

Joy Pullman writes for The Federalist website about a form of instruction that stands apart from Common Core public school standards. Ridgeview is a classical school, where children learn phonics, traditional math and science, Latin, and the Western and American heritage. They study the great books and receive explicit instruction in art and music. InContinue Reading

Atkinson: Dems didn’t do enough to help SAT test takers

The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday.  North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points.   The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade. Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of Public Instruction took a different angle.  AccordingContinue Reading

Walter Williams explores homeschooling growth

Walter Williams devotes his latest column posted at Human Events to the growth in homeschooling across the country. Many parents want a better education and safer schools for their children. The best way to deliver on that desire is to offer parents alternatives to poorly performing and unsafe public schools. Expansion of charter schools isContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. lawmakers might combine all 2016 election primary votes on March 15. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal urges lawmakers to add more funding for school choice programs.

Test scores disappointing for politicians and activists

Those hoping for big changes in student test scores will be disappointed by test results released today by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Liberals were hoping for a steep drop in student performance to back their silly claims that Republicans are trying to destroy public education.  Sorry. Conservatives were hoping for big increases inContinue Reading