K-12 education (page 2)

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    What is equity in education? It’s not clear.

    I have been trying to learn about equity in education recently. The always-reliable Wikipedia says, Educational equity depends on two main factors. The first is fairness, which implies that factors specific to one’s personal conditions should not interfere with the potential of academic success. The second important factor…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
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    Preliminary figures show enrollment drop in CMS

    WFAE reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have 465 fewer students than a year ago. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has seen its first significant enrollment drop, according to a report posted Monday. And the district’s Hispanic enrollment hit a milestone as well. CMS has 146,687 students this year, down by 465 from…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
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    NC Democrats want to limit school choice

    “Democrats who want to lead NC schools are critical of vouchers, charter schools,” is the headline of an article describing a meeting of the N.C. Caucus of Black School Board Members that included Democratic candidates for superintendent of public instruction. Here are direct quotes from the candidates: N.C. State…
    Terry Stoops, October 7, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Branson Inscore reports for Carolina Journal Online on a hometown debate addressing rising health care costs. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains that the recent hubbub surrounding a new Wegmans grocery store in Raleigh could teach N.C. media a lesson about school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello of Carolina Journal Online offers a status report for the first school in North Carolina’s Innovative School District. John Trump’s Daily Journal focuses on the need to rebuild solid local journalism.
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2019
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    Mecklenburg County taxpayers asked to approve sales tax “for the children”

    A Facebook friend posted a flier that proponents of the proposed Mecklenburg County sales tax increase have sent to residents of the county.                                     According to an article published…
    Terry Stoops, October 2, 2019
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    RAND: Restorative justice program did not live up to promise

    RAND recently published its evaluation of a Pittsburgh Public Schools initiative, “Pursuing Equitable and Restorative Communities” (PERC), that used nonpunitive approaches, rather than traditional punishments like detention and suspension, to address student misbehavior.  Researchers employed a randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of the program on student behavior, academic…
    Terry Stoops, October 1, 2019
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    Rebutting teacher pay myths

    Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine write for National Affairs about common myths surrounding public school teacher pay. One of the most common beliefs about American education is that teaching is an “underpaid” profession. Think tanks purport to calculate the “teacher pay gap.” The media run stories about teachers…
    Mitch Kokai, September 30, 2019