K-12 education (page 327)

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    Pre-K op-ed published three weeks late

    Today, the Charlotte Observer published an opinion piece by State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and N.C. Partnership for Children Chairman Olson Huff. The title of the op-ed,  “Legislators: Time to put your money where your mouth is,” is interesting for a few reasons.  Let’s imagine that the…
    Terry Stoops, June 15, 2011
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    Outrage is easy when you ignore the facts

    Jason Langberg, attorney for Legal Aid of NC, is outraged.  In a letter published in the News & Observer, Langberg, says that the elimination of the personal education plan (PEP) requirement in the budget is harmful, cowardly, racist, classist, hypocritical, shortsighted, and unconstitutional. Of course, if Mr. Langberg did…
    Terry Stoops, June 14, 2011
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    The Democrats’ faux compassion

    A compromise charter school bill is headed to Governor Perdue.  Yesterday, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the conference committee version of SB 8: No Cap on Number of Charter Schools. The bill lifts the 100-school cap, allows charter schools to grow by 20 percent each year, and establishes…
    Terry Stoops, June 10, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Republican-led General Assembly aren’t alone in haggling over state education spending. Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning wants a say in the debate as well. Terry Stops explains why in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson discusses the latest…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2011
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    New at CJO: Senate approves streamlined charter cap bill

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Senate has approved a streamlined measure to lift the state’s existing 100-school cap on public charter schools.
    Mitch Kokai, June 9, 2011
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    Lee County superintendent should switch to decaf

    Jeffrey Moss, the superintendent of Lee County schools, seems to have no regrets for ordering students in Tramwell Elementary School to write their representatives in Raleigh, urging them not to adopt the GOP budget. One of the students engaged in this civic exercise was the 8-year-old daughter of Republican…
    Rick Henderson, June 9, 2011
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    Nesbitt circulates misleading chart

    According to the Charlotte Observer, Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt this afternoon sent around a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board. It suggests that most Southern states are increasing spending on education, not cutting it, and that North Carolina is cutting at all levels of education more…
    Terry Stoops, June 9, 2011
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    Graduation rate mystery

    You may have read reports that North Carolina’s graduation rate for African-American students was “the third best in the country at 72.3 percent.” The statistic came from the 2011 Diplomas Count report, an annual report published by Education Week.  Education Week examined graduation rates from 1998 to 2008,…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2011