Category Archives: School choice

Education funding in the states

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a left-wing think tank that publishes research and funds like-minded state-based operations including the N.C. Justice Center. This week, CBPP published a report that examined education spending.  And N.C. Policy Watch, part of the organization that receives funding from CBPP, said the usual stuff about evilContinue Reading

Does it matter if a candidate attended a public or private school?

Incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt and Democrat Brian Turner are competing for the privilege of representing Asheville in the N.C. House. The Republican is a product of public education.  Rep. Moffitt and his children attended public elementary, middle, high, and postsecondary schools.  The Democrat is a product of private schools.   Mr. Turner attended the private CarolinaContinue Reading

A response to the anti-education attacks

Joy Pullmann of The Federalist offers some suggestions for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis to counter Kay Hagan’s education-based attacks in their race for Hagan’s Senate seat. I do think bad government policies hurt people, and their fellow citizens should know about it so they can flog the people who voted for these harmful policies.Continue Reading

A stick in the hornet’s nest of the educational status quo

U.S. News & World Report details the education establishment’s negative reaction to Campbell Brown‘s education reform efforts. Opponents have already cried foul, questioning Brown’s credentials and the motives of her funders. But what Brown brings to the table is not only an ability to fight in the court of law but to win in theContinue Reading

Study: NC charters have positive effects on district schools

In “Direct and indirect impact of charter schools’ entry on traditional public schools: New evidence from North Carolina” (Economic Letters, September 2014), Professor Yusuke Jinnai examines North Carolina data from 1997 to 2005 to assess the impact of charter schools on their district school counterparts.  Jinnai concludes, This paper finds small but positive direct impactContinue Reading

The necessity of choice in education reform

Lawson Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute explains in a Human Events column why choice must play a critical role in education reform. … [T]here is no One Way forward. Consider the rich variety in America’s education landscape. There are the government school defenders whose focus isn’t so much on learning, but on the philosophicalContinue Reading

Driverless cars a potential boon for school choice?

Matthew La Corte of the group Young Voices describes in a Daily Caller column how driverless cars might play a role in improving parental school choice. Driverless capability comes with the initial promise to reduce traffic accidents and surrounding deaths and injuries by up to 93 percent, but the secondary effects could make tremendous wavesContinue Reading

NCLB-mandated turnover may have benefitted NC students

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky and Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington examined the performance of North Carolina public school students who attended schools that were subject to sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Schools that did notContinue Reading