K-12 education

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    Unions and chronically absent teachers

    Frederick Hess muses at National Review Online about teacher unions’ responses to a new report about chronic absenteeism among teachers in traditional public schools. Last week, a new study reported that 28 percent of teachers working in traditional public schools use sick days or personal leave to miss…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new study that shows teacher absences are more common in traditional public schools than in public charter schools. The Daily Journal highlights a focus on zero-based budgeting for the administrators who oversee North Carolina’s public universities.
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2017
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    More school competition leads to better citizens

    Corey DeAngelis offers that finding in a Cato Institute report. One of the original arguments for establishing a system of common schools was that children from different backgrounds would learn to get along with one another and become proper citizens. However, when students throw rocks at a seven-year-old boy…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    In more than a quarter century of exposing N.C. government boondoggles, Carolina Journal has highlighted some major turkeys. Rick Henderson discusses two of them — the Randy Parton Theatre and the Global TransPark — during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the latest…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    Columnist: Research Points To Benefits of Later Start To School Day

    Are your teenagers too sleepy to get to school ready to learn? Carolina Journal columnist Kristen Blair looks at the research. Among the data: Later start times may even help close achievement gaps. Kevin Bastian, associate director of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina, led a study of more…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a John Locke Foundation scholar’s critique of Gov Roy Cooper’s recent decision to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal highlights new research that boosts the argument for starting school later in the morning.
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2017
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    Richmond County School have more resources, not “less”

    In a recent Richmond County Daily Journal article, Superintendent Cindy Goodman declared that “everyone in the district should celebrate” because the Richmond County Schools “do more with less.”  Of course, it begs the question of what she means by “less.” According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction data, the…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2017
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    On NC SPIN: JLF Experts Dissect School Performance Data

    Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson and John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood answer host Tom Campbell’s questions about 2016-17 N.C. public school student performance data. These exchanges took place during the Sept. 17, 2017, edition of “N.C. Spin.” Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2017