K-12 education

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    The Opportunity Scholarship Program continues to grow

    The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children. Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far).  Not bad!   2018-19…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on small N.C. towns that consider merging public services with larger neighbors. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges North Carolina to continue expanding access to parental school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2018
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    N.C. State adds doctoral specialization in social justice education

    Breitbart reports that the N.C. State Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Department will add a social justice education specialization to their Ph.D. program.  A press release outlines the goal of the new program. “The goal of the program is to help educators recognize and disrupt systems of oppression…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2018
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    Newsflash! Taxpayers Pay for State Employee and Teacher Benefits

    John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti explains where funding for the State Health Plan comes from: An angry teacher on Facebook wondered why those in charge of the State Health Plan “felt the need…to remind us that we are funded by taxpayers” on the new insurance ID cards.  Worse,…
    Anna Manning, November 13, 2018
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    NC is 7th on CER’s Parent Power Index

    On the Center for Education Reform’s (CER) 2018 Parent Power Index, North Carolina is ranked 7th in the nation with an overall PPI score of 73.0 percent.  CER writes, Things are looking up for parents of the Tarheel state. Improvements to the state’s charter law and school…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
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    Jay Mathews’ teacher policy fantasy

    “When it comes to education policy, leave it to the teachers — not the politicians” declares Jay Mathews in his latest Washington Post column.  It’s hard to believe that someone who has been writing about education for so long still gets so much wrong. Mathews believes that “I think…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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    A Robust Discuss of Education in North Carolina Starts With Facts

    With the election over and thoughts turning to 2019, the next state budget cycle, and the work of the General Assembly, I hope we have a robust discussion about priorities — education for example. The current General Assembly has made K-12 education a priority. Let’s start with the…
    Donna Martinez, November 13, 2018