Category Archives: School choice

No, Republicans did not shut down NC New Schools

Yesterday, North Carolina New Schools, a nonprofit organization that specialized in developing early-college high schools, announced that they had closed.  Representatives of the group cited “cash flow problems that were directly related to growth and the speed of growth” as the reason. The group has received tens of millions of dollars in grants throughout theContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The N.C. Supreme Court ruled recently that state lawmakers cannot take tenure away from public school teachers who already have that type of job protection. Terry Stoops analyzes the impact of that court ruling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Kari Travis reports on the latest round of student protests at a UniversityContinue Reading






A basic problem facing K-12 education

Perception versus reality. From NPR: In public radio’s mythical Lake Wobegon, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey suggests that almost all parents believe it to beContinue Reading






Economic impact of raising student achievement

Eric Hanushek, Jens Ruhose and Ludger Woessmann just published an amazing analysis of the economic benefits of increasing student performance to match regional, national, and international leaders. According to Hanusheck, Ruhose, and and Woessmann, raising academic achievement to the Minnesota level would produce 1.5 trillion in economic benefits over the next 80 years (the expectedContinue Reading






Diane Ravitch echo chamber coming to town

The Network for Public Education, a radical left-wing advocacy organization founded by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody, will hold its third annual meeting in Raleigh this weekend.  The conference theme is “And Justice for All: Strengthening Public Education for Each Child.” Featured speakers include Rev. William Barber, Diane Ravitch, Bob Herbert, and others who willContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that a recent audit could hasten cost-cutting reforms in North Carolina’s Medicaid program. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes that school choice now sits squarely in the mainstream of public policy.






Charter School Graduates Earn More as Adults

An article to be published in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management found that students who graduated from a charter high school are more likely to persist in college and experience higher earnings in the mid-20s than their district school counterparts. In “Charter High Schools’ Effects on Long-Term Attainment and Earnings,” study authors Tim Sass,Continue Reading






How to spin news stories about education

In the video below, Bob Bowdon of Choice Media takes a satirical look at one of the mainstream media’s many double standards.