K-12 education (page 9)

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    Has Durham Public Schools learned anything from parents who opt out?

    Here is a passage from a recent op-ed published in the News & Observer, Families choosing to not enroll in Durham Public Schools give us the important message that they don’t think their needs will be met. We need to listen to them and learn from that feedback — but…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2019
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    Before you rage about the ice cream bill, get the whole story

    Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) filed House Bill 30, which would make ice cream the official state frozen treat.  The bill was filed on behalf of a teacher who wanted to show students how a bill (hopefully) becomes a law. 3/3 or 4. I said…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2019
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    Charter school membership by district

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the latest charter school membership data.  DPI researchers calculated the average daily membership (ADM) of charter schools as a percentage of total public school enrollment.
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2019
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    Despite complaints and booming economy, teachers remain in profession

    The N.C. State Board of Education posted the draft 2017-2018 State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina report this weekend. All 115 LEAs reported their district-level employment data for the 2017-2018 reporting period. The calculations show that out of the 94,909 teachers employed during the 2016-2017 school year,…
    Terry Stoops, February 2, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has added Opportunity Scholarship vouchers, disability grants, and education savings accounts to its school choice program in recent years. Terry Stoops analyzes each of these choices during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti discusses a recent scandal involving local sales taxes in…
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2019
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    Tax cuts, innovation, and economic growth

    Paul Romer won the Nobel prize in economics for showing how innovation creates economic growth. A new working paper from Raj Chetty and his colleagues presents a model of how much innovation results from tax cuts. Their model suggests tax changes “have no impact on the decisions of star inventors,…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on state Senate leaders’ pay-as-you-go alternative to a statewide school construction bond. The Daily Journal explains how U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for higher marginal tax rates fails to account for major federal tax code changes.
    Mitch Kokai, January 31, 2019
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    Education finance workshop floats student-based funding model for schools

    Carolina Journal reports on Education Finance Workshop held at the John Locke Foundation on Tuesday: On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the John Locke Foundation co-hosted an education finance workshop with the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, and Allovue, a K-12 budget and financing software company. The workshop…
    Anna Manning, January 30, 2019