K-12 education

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    More than 135,000 N.C. students get their education through homeschooling. Another 101,000 attend private schools. Terry Stoops analyzes the significance of those numbers for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Dan Way explains why N.C. taxpayers still pay millions of dollars for an “expired” renewable energy…
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2018
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops discusses why 1 in 5 NC students are opting out of traditional public schools

    This marks the third year in a row that enrollment in traditional public schools has declined while enrollment in private, charter, and home schools has been on the rise. 1 in 5 North Carolina students do not attend a traditional public school. John Locke Foundation’s Terry Stoops offered comments on these…
    Anna Manning, July 18, 2018
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    How to help voters understand the tax implications of new debt

    Do North Carolina local authorities make clear enough the tax implications of borrowing? State law requires ballot referenda  to include language authorizing payment of bonds and interest and “providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds be…
    Joseph Coletti, July 17, 2018
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    Study: State-funded preschool has “adverse effects on academic achievement”

    From “Effects of the Tennessee Prekindergarten Program on children’s achievement and behavior through third grade,” an article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, At the end of pre-k, pre-k participants in the consented subsample performed better than control children on a battery of achievement tests, with non-native English speakers…
    Terry Stoops, July 16, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State lawmakers have left Raleigh for the summer and don’t plan to return until late November. Becki Gray recaps their main achievements during the 2018 legislative session for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops questions public school advocates’ claims that the Republican-led General Assembly fails to…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2018
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on new education civil rights official

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about the newly installed leader of the U.S. Education Department office that focuses on civil rights. Last month, the Senate voted to confirm Kenneth L. Marcus as assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education. The vote was 50-46, with…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Roy Cooper continues his push for a statewide school construction bond. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina makes an appearance on a list of “top-ranked” public education systems.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2018
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    Low-income students see little reason to graduate high school, so they don’t

    You may have heard of the Scared Straight program that sought to use prison visits to keep teens on the right side of the law. It did not. The effort is one of the few programs in the Results First database that had negative social returns on each…
    Joseph Coletti, July 10, 2018