Child care/children/early childhood development (page 9)

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    Parents as “advocates” in the district system

    I just received an email from the WCPSS (Wake County Schools) Family Academy. Parents are often the best educational advocates for their child. Research indicates that being involved in your child’s education has a positive correlation with being successful in school. The parents will learn how to be engaged in…
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2017
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    HB 136 gets the attention of homeschoolers

    House Bill 136 lowers the compulsory attendance age from 7- to 6-years-old.  While their intentions are good, bill sponsors may have failed to consider how that change would affect home schools. A homeschool parent posted the following comment on the North Carolinians for Home Education Facebook page:…
    Terry Stoops, February 22, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The art of targeting voters through data analytics develops rapidly from election cycle to election cycle. David Seawright, director of analytics and product innovation at Deep Root Analytics, discusses the latest developments during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses key highlights from the N.C.
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2017
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    Full-day kindergarten is required in NC, few other states

    According to a new Education Commission of the States report, North Carolina is one of only 13 states and the District of Columbia that requires schools to offer full-day kindergarten classes. In addition, North Carolina is one of only six states where kindergarten enrollment exceeds…
    Terry Stoops, October 13, 2016
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    Sowell on ‘favors’ to blacks

    Another “must read” from Thomas Sowell. A big “favor” the Obama administration is offering blacks today is exemption from school behavior rules that have led to a rate of disciplining of black male students that is greater than the rate of disciplining of other categories of students. Is it…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2016
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    Wake parents with special needs kids choose home schools

    A few days ago, WTVD ran a story about a mother filing a due process complaint against the Wake County Schools.  The district assigned her Down syndrome daughter to a different school so that she could be in a classroom with other disabled students.  The mother alleges that the…
    Terry Stoops, September 1, 2016
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    Kids as consumer products

    Anna Mussmann documents in a Federalist column a disturbing trend in the public approach toward parents and parenting. … [W]e are witnessing a drastic erosion of public support for the idea that ordinary parents are the people most likely to know what is best…
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2016
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    Brookings: Need for more evidence-based pre-K

    Here is an excerpt from an interesting piece on federal Preschool Development Grants (and preschool programs generally) by a fellow at the Brookings Institution, State pre-K, like Head Start, is a program with many staunch advocates and no reliable data demonstrating long-term positive effects. And both pre-K and Head…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2016