Bob Luebke

Senior Fellow, Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Bob Luebke (page 1)

  • Standing tall — at 3:45 pm on a Friday afternoon

    Any good communications person will tell you if you want to bury a story, dump it on the news media late Friday afternoon. That’s exactly what Gov. Roy Cooper did late last Friday afternoon when he vetoed HB 324. The bill was the Republican response to the use…
    Bob Luebke, September 13, 2021
  • #RedforED: Did it benefit NCAE?

    Think back to 2018 and 2019. Teachers’ unions are coming off successful strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky and are wanting to nationalize their protests and walkouts to dramatize the plight of public education and strengthen the union movement.  The campaign, spearheaded by the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions;…
    Bob Luebke, September 8, 2021
  • Ten years later, what does the evidence say about Common Core?

    About a decade ago few topics generated more heat than Common Core Standards. The standards, developed by an obscure group of state education officers and embraced by the Obama Administration were sold on the promise of improved academic instruction and educational outcomes. Critics complained the standards were flawed and were…
    Bob Luebke, August 25, 2021
  • 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