K-12 education (page 4)

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    N.C. Senate education budget highlights

    Republican leaders in the N.C. Senate released their budget proposal on Tuesday.  The two-year plan would invest in school safety initiatives, allow teachers to make decisions about school supply purchases, and of course, raise teacher salaries. The budget funds a variety of grants designed to ensure the safety of students…
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2019
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    2019-21 Senate Budget Overview

    The Senate budget incorporates the surprisingly large revenues from the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and higher forecast revenue for FY2019-20, but appropriates no more for operating expenses than the House did (Figure 1). Senate budget writers devote $397 million the first year and $713 million the second…
    Joseph Coletti, May 29, 2019
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on different levels of achievement

    George Leef of the Martin Center asks whether Americans can accept the facts surrounding different levels of academic achievement. In the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men,” there is a courtroom scene where the prosecuting attorney (played by Tom Cruise) tells the defendant Marine officer Nathan Jessup (played by…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2019
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    The ‘Underpaid Teachers’ Myth

    Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs take on Economic Policy Institute claims that the nation’s public-school teachers were underpaid by a record 21.4 percent in 2018.  They write, To measure the teacher pay gap, EPI researchers compare teacher salaries with the salaries of people who have the same number of…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2019
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    Projected public school enrollment

    Another data point worth highlighting from the release of the The Condition of Education 2019 this week: projected percentage change in enrollment from 2016 to 2028. South Carolina and Florida outpace the region, as enrollment in public schools in New England, New York, and the Rust Belt continue…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2019
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    Democrats split along racial lines on charter schools

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports interesting details about Democrats’ attitudes toward charter schools. While Democrats are often thought of as opponents of school choice, new data show the story is not so simple: an examination of trends from 2016 through 2018 revealed that while…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The lineup is set for September’s special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Rick Henderson analyzes Dan Bishop’s win in the Republican primary. He also looks ahead to Bishop’s contest with Dan McCready for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders discusses interest within…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    Share of state education funding

    The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2019 this week.  It’s packed with juicy data. I thought that one data point was worth highlighting: the percentage of state revenues dedicated to K-12 schools in 2016.  Only a handful of other states contribute a larger share…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2019