Category Archives: School choice

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a critique of a recent state audit targeting the group that oversees North Carolina’s Medicaid program. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the research supporting school choice.

Tackling a right-of-center argument against school choice

Michael McShane of the Show-Me Institute shares with National Review Online readers a response to right-of-center concerns against school choice. [W]hen I moved back to America’s heartland and traveled a bit more off the beaten path, I encountered a new argument that might be more threatening to the spread of school choice than anything theContinue Reading

Campbell Brown elicits education ideas from GOP contenders

The Washington Free Beacon details a summit this week in New Hampshire led by former television news anchor and now education activist Campbell Brown. Six Republican presidential candidates participated. At Brown’s “The Seventy Four” summit, all six candidates also expressed support for local control of curricula. [Jeb] Bush discussed the value of vouchers and charterContinue Reading

Wake busing: A trip down memory lane

Remember when the Republican members of the Wake County school board were attacked for their decision to eliminate Wake County’s busing policy?  (If you need a reminder, I listed a few articles about it below).  Although the Democratic majority largely maintained their predecessors’ student assignment policy, the outrage machine appears to be pretty quiet.  It’sContinue Reading

Busing: Revived in CMS? Frozen in Wake?

Fascinating. Democratic candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) Board of Education have called for a return to busing. Democratic school board members in Wake County have refused to increase the district’s limited busing efforts. Is this a difference between campaigning and governing or a broader lack of consensus among urban/suburban Democrats?  

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill to allow charter school operators to take over some failing traditional public elementary schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a generally positive assessment of the N.C. Senate’s Taxpayer Protection Act.

NC is #16 on CER Parent Power Index

The Center for Education Reform (CER) released their annual Parent Power Index. CER explains North Carolina’s ranking, Despite a mediocre charter law, successful charter schools were created in the Tarheel State, but growth was slow and did not meet parental demand. The cap recently was removed, and parents are hoping now to see new charterContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Tony Tata’s abrupt resignation as state transportation secretary raised eyebrows among N.C. political observers. Rick Henderson assesses Tata’s accomplishments at the state Department of Transportation and addresses speculation about Tata’s political future during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the N.C. Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship ProgramContinue Reading