K-12 education (page 6)

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    Home school enrollment up 6.2 percent, exceeds 135,000 students

    The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published home and private school enrollment figures!  I will tackle the private school numbers in a separate blog post. During the 2017-18 school year, an estimated 135,749 students attended 86,753 home schools in North Carolina.  Enrollment increased 6.2 percent from the year before…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Voters will have multiple chances to amend the N.C. Constitution this fall. Becki Gray analyzes proposed state constitutional amendments during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses a new state law that focuses on cutting down the number of tests in N.C. public schools.
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2018
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    Gordon-Stella: Durham charter schools committed to all students

    In an op-ed published in the Durham Herald-Sun, Lisa Gordon-Stella, a member of the Durham Charter Schools Collaborative, writes, Despite each school’s different approaches, the DCC’s focus is on collaborating to improve the educational outcomes of all children regardless of race or socioeconomic status. We know that there is…
    Terry Stoops, July 3, 2018
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    Candidate for NEA committee ready for revolution

    The 2018 National Education Association’s (NEA) Representative Assembly meeting is in Minneapolis this week. This, um, bold statement from a candidate for the NEA’s Executive Committee caught my eye:…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2018
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    Define terms like “adequate funding” and “full funding” of schools

    “NC Influencers say state needs to give schools enough money and close achievement gap” is an article that is part of the News & Observer’s The Influencer Series.  Here are a few quotes from the piece: “While many of these issues are very important, adequate funding is the most…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that a constitutional amendment to require a voter ID at N.C. polls is one step closer to approval. Lindsay Marchello reports that the General Assembly rejected two of Gov. Roy Cooper’s three nominees to the State Board of Education. Terry Stoops’…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2018
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    Declaration in Defense of North Carolina’s Public Schoolchildren

    Red4EdNC has issued its own “declaration” a week before Independence Day. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the people of a state to confront a legislative supermajority that has consistently demonstrated over the course of seven years a hostility to the premise, the constitutional…
    Terry Stoops, June 27, 2018
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    Teacher unions lose bigly

    In Janus v. American Federations of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “agency fees” imposed by unions on non-union members are unconstitutional.  The National Education Association responded, In a 5-to-4 decision, which casts aside decades of precedents and laws, the court has…
    Terry Stoops, June 27, 2018