Outrage is easy when you ignore the facts

Jason Langberg, attorney for Legal Aid of NC, is outraged.  In a letter published in the News & Observer, Langberg, says that the elimination of the personal education plan (PEP) requirement in the budget is harmful, cowardly, racist, classist, hypocritical, shortsighted, and unconstitutional.

Of course, if Mr. Langberg did a simple search of the NC General Assembly website, he would have found that the House passed HB 855: Personal Learning Plan for Each Child.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), made crossover, passed its first reading in the Senate, and sits in a Senate education committee.  Rep. Brandon’s bill would give school districts greater flexibility in the design of PEPs.  It also requires students to have a greater role in developing and maintaining the plan.  In other words, it is an improvement over the existing statute.

That said, I am not sold on the idea of PEPs.  Aside from questions about the efficacy of PEPs, we should be looking for ways to reduce the paperwork burden on our teachers.  I welcome that debate.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...