Bob Luebke

Senior Fellow, Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Bob Luebke (page 1)

  • Budget will expand NC School Choice Programs  

    The last twenty months have been a big challenge for parents in North Carolina and across the country. Closed schools, virtual classrooms, mask mandates and unresponsive school administrators have fueled growing desire among parents for greater educational options. The pandemic and its aftermath had renewed the public’s appetite for school…
    Bob Luebke, November 16, 2021
  • The evidence keeps coming: North Carolinians want school choice

    Last week’s election results show the education narrative is clearly changing. Parents aren’t happy with the direction of public education. They want school boards to listen to their concerns and they want more educational options for their children. School choice is emerging as one of the top issues of a…
    Bob Luebke, November 12, 2021
  • Tuesday’s results: what do they mean?

    What’s the takeaway from Tuesday’s elections? Parent power. After a year-and-a-half of wondering if schools would be open or closed, mask mandates, virtual schooling, Critical Race Theory and being told you should leave education decisions to the experts, parents got a chance to have their say. Hoping to get more…
    Bob Luebke, November 4, 2021
  • Concern About Politics in the Classroom Rising

    If you think instruction in North Carolina’s K-12  public-schools is becoming more political, you’re not alone. The October 2021 Civitas Poll found 75 percent of respondents said schools had become “more political,” compared to 10 percent who thought schools “stayed the same” and 3 percent who believe schools have…
    Bob Luebke, October 27, 2021
  • Your mind on progressivism

    From, an October 6, News & Observer editorial commenting on the Johnston County Commissioners decision to have the school board ban critical race theory before receiving county dollars: School boards should have the autonomy to decide what’s best for our schools and our children. The Johnston County school board…
    Bob Luebke, October 12, 2021
  • The bus driver problem: Does it have to be this difficult?

    How do we solve the shortage of bus drivers? That’s a question a lot of people are asking these days. Students are spending more time on buses and arriving late to school because over worked bus drivers are driving longer, reconfigured routes. School districts have tried to increase pay,…
    Bob Luebke, October 7, 2021
  • Still more on Leandro

    Earlier this week my colleague Terry Stoops posted an insightful analysis of where things stand in the never-ending Leandro case. Interest in the case has heated up since June when  Judge David Lee, who presides over the case,  ordered the state to implement a comprehensive remediation plan developed by…
    Bob Luebke, September 29, 2021
  • Want to improve teaching in our schools?

    That’s an important question because teacher quality is a key ingredient of student achievement. A more important question is: How? The conventional response is to raise teacher pay. Unfortunately, teacher pay in North Carolina and most everywhere else is tied to seniority or collective bargaining contracts — not to the…
    Bob Luebke, September 23, 2021