K-12 education

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    N.C. teacher attracts national attention for downplaying Holocaust

    Alex Nester of the Washington Free Beacon documents a disturbing incident from a public school classroom in the Tar Heel State. A North Carolina teacher’s lesson on slavery included a discussion question that downplayed the Holocaust and likened 19th-century Americans to Nazis. Ardrey Kell High School English teacher…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on how remote-only learning has hurt N.C. special-needs students. Joshua Peters’ CJ Opinion ponders trans participation in girls’ sports.
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about families’ long-time student learning challenges tied to COVID-19 school closures. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion urges lawmakers to move forward with a plan exempting military retirement pay from state income tax.
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2021
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    Bill to improve choice programs advances

    Prospects for expanded educational choice in North Carolina when the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the Equity in Opportunity Act (HB 32) on straight party line vote, 69-49. The legislation makes changes to the state’s three school choice programs. The bill would increase the voucher for the Opportunity…
    Bob Luebke, April 14, 2021
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    Leandro judge won’t force new education spending by General Assembly

    Locke’s Terry Stoops was right. Here’s why. Just two weeks ago he wrote that we should expect to hear the word “Leandro” a lot more in the months ahead. And now we have. Judge David Lee’s new message in the decades-old lawsuit over education funding is welcome. For now,…
    Donna Martinez, April 14, 2021
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    Martin center column explores the need for teacher education reform

    Lucien Ellington writes for the Martin Centeer about problems within teacher education that have devastating impacts for students. Most American children are trapped in public elementary and secondary schools that are either mediocre or dysfunctional. Readers who wonder if this statement is polemical should know that for almost two…
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about N.C. school closings’ toll on students’ mental health. John Hood’s CJ Opinion explains that bigger government isn’t the answer to any of today’s pressing problems.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2021
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    Yearly reminder that the NC PTA has evolved into a left-wing advocacy group

    The unfortunate decline of PTA in our schools appears to have coincided with the organization’s hard left turn. In fact, the NC PTA legislative agenda is indistinguishable from the priorities of groups like the NC Association of Educators and Public Schools First NC.  For example, the NC PTA opposes school…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2021