K-12 education (page 7)

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A recent poll suggests that North Carolina will produce another close presidential battle in 2020. Rick Henderson analyzes presidential numbers and other highlights from the latest Civitas Poll for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses the ongoing debate over school year starting dates…
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Linking bullying to loneliness and belonging

    This week, Carolina Journal published an opinion piece by education columnist Kristen Blair. In her piece, Blair discusses the connection between bullying and a sense of belonging. Blair writes: There’s a loneliness epidemic among youth today. That’s the growing consensus among researchers, with implications for school culture… Fortunately, new research…
    Brenee Goforth, August 30, 2019
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    Parent of Heritage H.S. student concerned about “diversity inventory” assignment

    A 10th grade English teacher at Heritage High School in Wake County distributed a “diversity inventory” to students in her class.  A concerned parent posted an image of the assignment on Facebook. It’s not clear how the teacher planned to use the information or the origin of the worksheet, but…
    Terry Stoops, August 29, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online that U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and Republican legislative leaders are pushing for faster funding of hurricane disaster relief. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal explores links among bullying, loneliness, and belonging.
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2019
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    Lottery Sales Hinge on Economic Desperation

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the North Carolina Education Lottery. According to Sanders, his results are very familiar: In a 2007 Spotlight report, Joe Coletti showed that high property taxes, unemployment, and poverty rates are “the best guides to a county’s lottery sales per adult.” In…
    Brenee Goforth, August 28, 2019
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    A good teacher vacancy story

    Last week, Carolina Journal published my op-ed that criticized teacher vacancy panic.  It is refreshing to find news articles that do not follow the media template.  Eric Wildstein of the Gaston Gazette writes, With Gaston’s public schools opening their doors to students Monday, most classrooms will again have permanent…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019
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    Allow taxpayers to opt out of tax refund plan

    North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would refund $900 million to taxpayers.  Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello writes, The bill intends to refund $900 million in surplus tax revenue. Lawmakers learned earlier this summer that income-tax payments and sales-tax collections ran higher than expected. Republican legislative leaders want…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019
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    The link between poverty rates and lottery ticket sales

    Some findings are persistent, and this is one of those persistent findings, unfortunately. Counties with high poverty, unemployment, and property tax rates also tend to have high lottery sales per adult.
    Jon Sanders, August 26, 2019