K-12 education

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    Details of education department cuts emerge

    WRAL reports that the State Board of Education approved their initial cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget.  The $2.5 million in cuts were mandated by the General Assembly in an effort to reduce the state’s sizable public education bureaucracy. Measures that will reduce overhead expenditures…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017
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    Leandro: The Neverending Story

    According to the News & Observer, the Leandro court case is alive and well. Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, the two sides in the landmark Leandro case on Monday requested an independent consultant to suggest additional steps to the state to improve education for…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops Cited in News & Observer Story On School Choice Gains

    From the Raleigh News & Observer’s story on growth in North Carolina’s school choice movement: North Carolina has welcomed more than 116,000 new students so far this decade, but most of these newcomers aren’t going to traditional public schools. Enrollment dropped by 5,562 students this…
    Donna Martinez, July 21, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina’s state elections and ethics board will remain vacant, and current staffers will keep working, as the governor and legislative leaders prepare for an appearance before the state Supreme Court next month. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal explores schools’ growing…
    Mitch Kokai, July 21, 2017
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    The frustration of “explaining” an answer on a math test

    This page is from a first-grade math test administered in a North Carolina public school.  At first, it may prompt a chuckle and a thumbs-up for a kiddo who has already learned what it means to “stick it to the man.” But think of how frustrating it must be for…
    Terry Stoops, July 20, 2017
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    Private school enrollment breaks 100,000 student barrier

    Home schools were not the only institutions to see enrollment gains. The Division of Non-Public Education also released private school statistics today.  Private school enrollment reached an all-time high during the 2016-17 school year – 100,585 students.  That was a 2,864 student or 2.9 percent increase since the 2015-16…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017
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    Home school enrollment up 8 percent to 127,847 students

    According to the Division of Non-Public Education, North Carolina home schools educated an estimated 127,847 students during the 2016-17 school year.  The number of home school students increased by 8 percent, and the year-to-year increase was over 9,500 students. Wake County still leads the pack with nearly 12,000 home…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017
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    Court cites separation of powers in refusing to order state payment to Richmond County schools

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court and ruled that courts cannot order the state to pay $272,300 owed to the Richmond County public school system. Writing for the court, Judge Richard Dietz explains that the school system failed to secure an…
    Mitch Kokai, July 18, 2017