K-12 education

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    Charter school expansion: N&O style

    According to an inane editorial published by the News & Observer, But North Carolina has let charters grow too fast in number without contemplating their effect on regular public schools – and without GOP legislators bolstering funding for regular schools to offset the losses from more charters. I have…
    Terry Stoops, January 16, 2018
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    Dinner table teachers produce successful entrepreneurs

    Researchers Hans K. Hvide and Paul Oyer published a fantastic National Bureau of Economic Research study, Dinner Table Human Capital and Entrepreneurship. Hvide and Oyer examine a sample of Norwegian entrepreneurs to compare “dinner table human capital (parental labor market experience) and aptitude (IQ) to entrepreneurial entry, sector choice,…
    Terry Stoops, January 15, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the mixed response to a restart model for low-performing N.C. public schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why Medicaid needs work requirements.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2018
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    It’s Good News, Not Bad, When Some Teachers Leave North Carolina

    Teachers who leave North Carolina are, on average, less effective than those who stay. That’s the conclusion of the Department of Public Instruction, as JLF’s Terry Stoops explains in his review of a new report on the state of the teaching profession in 2016-17. According to the report, much…
    Donna Martinez, January 12, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A higher percentage of N.C. teachers remained on the job last year. Those who stayed put were more effective than those who left their jobs. Terry Stoops examines these two data points and other elements of the latest state teacher attrition report for the next edition of Carolina Journal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2018
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    Study: Performance bonuses provide additional four weeks of learning

    Mathematica Policy Research shows us the way: In 2006, Congress established the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which provides grants to support performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools. Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, Mathematica recently completed a…
    Terry Stoops, January 11, 2018
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    State budgets across the country

    State revenues across the country are growing at 2.5%, but increasing expenses for schools and health care mean appropriations will grow 3.5% without focused attention on policy and process changes to restrain spending, says National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Director William Pound in the most recent episode of NCSL’s…
    Joseph Coletti, January 11, 2018
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    Banning best friends

    Katherine Timpf exposes at National Review Online the latest example of kooky social engineering. According to a piece in U.S. News and World Report, some schools in the United States and Europe “are attempting to ban the entire concept of children having best friends,” because it’s not inclusive…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2018