K-12 education (page 380)

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    Lee Charter School would damage diversity in CH-Carrboro?

    Wow. This is hard to wrap your head around. Tom Forcella, superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, is opposing a proposed charter school that would be named for Howard and Lillian Lee because it could, in the words of the News & Observer, “erode” the district’s diversity. “There would…
    Rick Henderson, December 23, 2011
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    Kids reject “healthy” lunches, create black market for junk food

    This year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) implemented a plan to make school lunches healthier.  Students did not respond well to the change.  Education Week reports, Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students.
    Terry Stoops, December 22, 2011
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    CMS teachers sing about Common Core standards

    “Winning” stanza: No longer can a teacher be the sage on the stage Common Core Essential Standards change how we teach Become the guide on the side the students to engage Common Core Essential Standards change how we teach…
    Terry Stoops, December 21, 2011
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    You might be a progressive if, you like Italian style fascism

    John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, provides this important history lesson. Progressives constantly repeat the big lie that they are for the little guy.  Just read The Nation or Salon. Goodman documents that from the start they are for big business and…
    Michael Sanera, December 21, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh reports for Carolina Journal Online that many N.C. public school systems are struggling to meet a legislative mandate to add five more days to the school calendar. John Hood’s Daily Journal cautions against learning the wrong lessons from the latest state unemployment numbers.
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2011
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    The apocalypse in education job losses hasn’t arrived

    The November North Carolina employment report, released at 10 a.m., showed the state’s seaonally adjusted rate falling to 10 percent — still 1.4 percentage points higher than the national number. (PDF here.) Of interest in political circles, especially among the Left, is public sector employment — primarily in education.
    Rick Henderson, December 20, 2011
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    NC wins federal pre-K grant

    North Carolina is one of nine states that will share $500 million in federal funds for early learning.  Other winners include: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington. Will this settle the NCGA/Perdue/Manning dispute over pre-kindergarten funding?…
    Terry Stoops, December 16, 2011
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    Time is still not on their side

    Last week, my Education Update outlined the debate over time.  I pointed out that students in North Carolina spend more time in the classroom than their counterparts in other nations.  This includes countries that outperform the state and nation on international assessments. If you don’t believe me (silly), perhaps…
    Terry Stoops, December 16, 2011