Bob Luebke

Senior Fellow, Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Bob Luebke (page 1)

  • UNC faculty reservations with Hussman “core values statement” should raise concerns

     Impartiality means reporting, editing, and delivering the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without personal opinion or bias. Credibility is the greatest asset of any news medium, and impartiality is the greatest source of credibility. To provide the most complete report, a news organization must not just cover the news, but…
    Bob Luebke, July 22, 2021
  • An Easy Solution to a Problem at the State Auditor’s Office

    Once again, the Office of the State Auditor could not verify the number of employees for the North Carolina Association of Educators.  The State auditor is legally required to verify and certify the number of members of employee associations to authorize state payroll deduction. In a recent report on the…
    Bob Luebke, July 16, 2021
  • NCAE and the Untold Story

    I recently blogged on how NCAE’s membership – the state affiliate of the National Education Association — continues to slide.  While that’s important – it’s a topic I’ve been talking about for over a decade — it’s even more important to give the decline some historical perspective. The chart…
    Bob Luebke, July 12, 2021
  • Performance of Southeast States Shines Another Light on North Carolina’s Troubled Civics and History Standards

      It is hard to ignore the slap down the Fordham Institute gave to North Carolina’s civics and government and newly minted history standards.  A recent article by my colleague Terry Stoops reported that Fordham graded the state’s Civics and US History standards with a D- and an…
    Bob Luebke, July 1, 2021
  • NCAE membership continues to decline

    Membership in the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) declined 2.4 percent last year.  Veteran teacher union watcher, Mike Antonucci reported the figure in his annual article on National Education Association (NEA)  and state affiliate membership. According to union financial reports, NCAE active membership for 2019-20 is 17,154,…
    Bob Luebke, June 23, 2021
  • Justification for Mask Requirements? WCPSS Says it Needs to Follow the Law

    Tuesday’s Wake County Board of Education meeting was filled with parents angry about the board’s decision to continue the mask mandate. The News and Observer reported that board members said they were legally required to continue the mask requirement. My colleague Jon Sanders has written compellingly (see here…
    Bob Luebke, June 17, 2021
  • Coronavirus and School Staffing

    Did the coronavirus pandemic change staffing levels for North Carolina public schools?  There is a widespread belief that the closing or transformation of many public schools to virtual or hybrid schools has resulted in the loss of or layoff of thousands of educators. The table above provides data from…
    Bob Luebke, June 11, 2021
  • The Year of School Choice Continues

    There has been a lot of talk recently about how this has been a banner year for school choice. Just how big has it been? Jason Bedrick of EdChoice lays out just how big a year it’s been in a morning post. He notes: 5 new choice programs –…
    Bob Luebke, May 26, 2021