K-12 education

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Supreme Court has a new chief justice, new associate justice, and a 6-1 partisan advantage for Democrats. Rick Henderson analyzes the political implications of recent Supreme Court changes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops critiques Gov. Roy Cooper’s education budget proposals.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2019
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    North Carolina isn’t the only state to rely on JLF research, other states use it too

    JLF’s Roy Cordato’s research featured in a Truth In Accounting article on teacher pensions in Illinois: The TRS states that it uses net, not gross payments, subtracting taxes from gross payments to active and retired teachers “to be more conservative.” But there is a bigger reason to be more conservative,…
    Anna Manning, March 21, 2019
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    AOC, NYC mayor push counterproductive school admissions changes

    David Marcus of the Federalist examines implications of the latest school admissions proposals from New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The battle over the admissions standards at New York City’s elite public high schools has heated up again. After having failed to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2019
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    Florida leaders push more school choice

    John Haughey writes for the Washington Free Beacon about the Sunshine State‘s latest school choice initiatives. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Senate leaders both proposed plans to significantly grow Florida’s school choice programs — already the nation’s largest — before the 2019 legislative session began on March 5. Two…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on bills to change North Carolina’s school performance grades. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why no one should expect a rerun of the 2018 election cycle in this year’s two special N.C. congressional races.
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2019
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    What about the private sector’s ability to fund teacher pay at the ‘national average’?

    Politicians like to talk about raising average N.C. public school teacher pay to the “national average.” My colleagues John Hood and Terry Stoops have explained — on multiple occasions — why this goal is flawed. On a related note, Terry demonstrated recently that a cost-of-living adjustment…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2019
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    College admissions scandal hits Wake Forest

    According to the New York Times, Federal prosecutors charged dozens of people on Tuesday in a major college admission scandal that involved wealthy parents, including Hollywood celebrities and prominent business leaders, paying bribes to get their children into elite American universities. Thirty-three parents were charged in the case…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2019
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    N.C. is now 29th in the nation in average teacher pay

    I haven’t read the latest National Education Association (NEA) “Rankings and Estimates” study, but the Herald Sun reports, North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimate of 29th in the nation in average teacher pay, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Education Association. The new NEA salary…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2019