K-12 education

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    The ‘Underpaid Teachers’ Myth

    Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs take on Economic Policy Institute claims that the nation’s public-school teachers were underpaid by a record 21.4 percent in 2018.  They write, To measure the teacher pay gap, EPI researchers compare teacher salaries with the salaries of people who have the same number of…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2019
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    Projected public school enrollment

    Another data point worth highlighting from the release of the The Condition of Education 2019 this week: projected percentage change in enrollment from 2016 to 2028. South Carolina and Florida outpace the region, as enrollment in public schools in New England, New York, and the Rust Belt continue…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2019
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    Democrats split along racial lines on charter schools

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports interesting details about Democrats’ attitudes toward charter schools. While Democrats are often thought of as opponents of school choice, new data show the story is not so simple: an examination of trends from 2016 through 2018 revealed that while…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The lineup is set for September’s special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Rick Henderson analyzes Dan Bishop’s win in the Republican primary. He also looks ahead to Bishop’s contest with Dan McCready for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders discusses interest within…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    Share of state education funding

    The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2019 this week.  It’s packed with juicy data. I thought that one data point was worth highlighting: the percentage of state revenues dedicated to K-12 schools in 2016.  Only a handful of other states contribute a larger share…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2019
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    Gov. Cooper promotes religious education for preschoolers

    In a round table discussion of the “health care coverage gap,” Gov. Roy Cooper championed faith-based preschools. Participants in the round table included Cassandra Brooks, who owns Little Believers Academies. Little Believers Academies provides a “loving, happy place for young children to learn and grow as we bridge the gap…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on debate surrounding a possible virtual preschool. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on screens and reading.
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2019
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    Is school segregation really getting worse?

    In an excellent Education Next blog post, Dr. Brian Kisida and Olivia Piontek respond to claims by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project and others that school segregation has worsened.  The authors offer a useful summary of the difficulties of measuring it using absolute and relative measures. They observe, In contrast, relative…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2019