K-12 education (page 365)

  • Post

    The business of education

    The Herald-Sun has a must-read editorial that summarizes a discussion between panelists at the 2011 State of Durham’s Economy breakfast.   So, what was the editor’s takeaway? The point — one of thousands along the line of argument about how to fix education in Durham — is that Durham’s economy…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
  • Post

    Tests are boring and school should be fun

    At a town hall hosted by the Univision, Barack Obama reflected on testing and student assessment.  According to the Associated Press, “One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about…
    Terry Stoops, March 29, 2011
  • Post

    Betts: Charter bill a “natural reaction” to years of Democratic obstructionism

    Charlotte Observer columnist Jack Betts provides much needed context to the charter school debate: Proposals to raise the cap each year were advanced but those who thought charters threatened traditional public schools managed to block bills that would allow a half dozen or more new charter schools to get…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2011
  • Post

    How moral crusading makes us look stupid

    A recent blog post by Rick Hess nails it: One of my least favorite things about education is how eagerly we turn sensible discussions into bizarrely polarizing moral crusades. Aided by competing, mindless invocations of “it’s for the kids,” we manage to turn otherwise sensible discussions about school…
    Terry Stoops, March 24, 2011
  • Post

    Time to comment on the Alves plan

    On February 11, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership released a proposed assignment plan formulated by consultant Michael Alves.  The NAACP of North Carolina, Great Schools in Wake Coalition, Mayor Charles Meeker, NC H.E.A.T, and their comrades have not commented on the plan.
    Terry Stoops, March 22, 2011
  • Post

    Perdue to allow school testing bill to become law without her signature

    Veto No. 3 will have to wait, as Gov. Beverly Perdue has decided not to challenge a bill to scrap four N.C. high school end-of-course tests. Terry Stoops has argued for a “repeal and replace” strategy that would allow for nationally normed tests to replace those…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • Post

    New at CJO: An update on the charter school cap bill

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report outlines the latest developments in debate over Senate Bill 8, the measure designed to lift North Carolina’s statewide cap of 100 public charter schools.
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2011
  • Post

    N&O editorial on charter schools is hinky

    Editors of the News & Observer declare, Sometimes there are good reasons why a bill doesn’t just sail through the General Assembly, even when one party that is pushing it holds substantial majorities in both houses. That’s the case with legislation that goes way too far in lifting the…
    Terry Stoops, March 17, 2011