K-12 education (page 4)

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A little-known piece of the state budget called the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund has become a sticking point in North Carolina’s budget debate. Joseph Coletti explains the SCIF and its potential role in paying for school construction projects across the state. Mike Schietzelt explains the need for a revamped…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2019
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    Are Charter Schools “Starving” Traditional Public Schools?

    Earlier Today, JLF’s Vice President for Research & Director of Education Studies, Dr. Terry Stoops, published a research brief on the growth of student enrollment in private, charter, and home schooling. In his brief, he exemplifies the misconceptions many people have about school choice with a quote from the…
    Brenee Goforth, July 26, 2019
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    When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale

    Matt Barnum’s Chalkbeat article referenced in the title examines state efforts to provide support and resources to poor-performing schools.  Barnum writes, A few years ago, North Carolina school officials looked at a group of the state’s struggling schools and decided: we need to help. State officials designed a…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2019
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops Appears on Capital Tonight to Comment on Virtual Charter Cap

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops appeared on Capital Tonight to speak about the current bill to raise the enrollment cap for Virtual Charter School, NC Virtual Academy. Among other things, Senate Bill 392 would remove the maximum student enrollment cap for a virtual charter school and…
    Brenee Goforth, July 24, 2019
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    School vacancy panic 2019 is here

    Every year, stories about the number of school position vacancies circulate online.  One reason why the stories have been popular in recent years is that they feed a familiar narrative, namely that the Republican-led General Assembly has made teaching in North Carolina public schools undesirable.  The Teaching Working Conditions…
    Terry Stoops, July 24, 2019
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    Is the Budget Impasse Really a Big Deal?

    JLF Senior Fellow Joe Coletti recently put out a brief on the current budget impasse. Coletti emphasizes that, unlike past budget discrepancies, the budget impasse is not an immediate crisis. While it is important to pass a new budget, North Carolina is not going to be devastated if it does…
    Brenee Goforth, July 24, 2019
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    CJ Reports: DeVos, Forest pitch Education Freedom Scholarships

    Last week, Carolina Journal’s Leonard Robinson III reported on a roundtable discussion between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, and school-choice advocates. The discussion focused on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Education Freedom Scholarships. According to Robinson: If approved by Congress, the proposal would…
    Brenee Goforth, July 23, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019