K-12 education

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    More WalletHub nonsense

    WTVD reports that “WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachers.”  As usual, North Carolina does not rank in the bottom five of any variable used to rank the “teacher-friendliness” of states (perhaps with the exception of teacher union strength), but it magically appears…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
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    CBC’s ridiculous teacher pay “editorial”

    Capitol Broadcasting Company, which is owned by multimillionaire backers of multiple left-wing advocacy organizations, decided to opine on teacher pay today.  It is a pretty amusing piece.  This passage, for example, is trying to make one point but actually makes another: First, average teacher pay – the average salary…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
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    Campaign literature?

    Teachers are crying foul over a request to distribute a school safety flier produced by Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and co-sponsored by a handful of public school advocacy organizations (that do not necessarily share Johnson’s vision for public schools).  What do you think?  Is this too political?…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    With a string of election-related lawsuits either resolved or on hold, North Carolina’s ballot looks fairly well set for November. Rick Henderson assesses key ballots issues in this “blue-moon” election during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops explains why a national group is wrong…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2018
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    Brookings: States “deprived state governments of revenue”

    I’ll write about the entire Brookings study, Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools, sometime soon.  For now, I’ll mention that this line did not sit well with me: Some of these cuts, particularly those made immediately following the recession, were a result of economic forces outside of states’ control. Once…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops featured in Raleigh Magazine: What will Wake schools look like in 20 years?

    John Locke Foundation’s Terry Stoops was featured in Mandy Howard’s article in Raleigh Magazine, “Future Times at Raleigh High”. Each year, the Wake County Public School System has to be prepared to update plans according to changes in population, budget, leadership and technology. These factors…
    Anna Manning, September 20, 2018
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    Days after hurricane, Red4EdNC criticizes Republican lawmakers for bond decision

    Leave it to Red4EdNC to use the hurricane to criticize Republican lawmakers for refusing to put a school construction bond referendum on the November ballot. Why not follow the lead of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), which has set politics aside and simply asked people to help? Yes,…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018