School choice

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    Digest of Education Statistics is full of education statistics!

    The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), released the annual Digest of Education Statistics report today.  The report includes data up to 2016. Some of the more noteworthy factoids include, The pupil-staff ratio in North Carolina was 8.1 in fall 2014.  It was almost…
    Terry Stoops, February 20, 2018
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    Estimate: Only two states have more home schoolers than NC

    Estimating the number of home-school students is more art than science.  While North Carolina’s Division of Non-Public Education takes a systematic approach to counting the number of home schools and students in the state, few other states do. Every year, the A to Z Home’s Cool website publishes…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2018
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    School choice and the federal government

    Andy Smarick writes for the American Enterprise Institute that school choice supporters should resist the temptation to turn to the federal government for help. School choice advocates were heartened by the ascent of a president who supports their cause and an education secretary who has advocated for it…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018
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    NC one of four states that does not have an open enrollment policy

    The Education Commission of the States recently published a helpful infographic on open enrollment.
    Terry Stoops, February 14, 2018
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    School choice isn’t a miracle, it’s an opportunity

    Rick Hess’s U.S. News and World Report op-ed, “The Real Promise of School Choice,” is really fantastic. Here’s the grand irony: While choice advocates tend to talk mechanistically about the results of “randomized control trials” or the failures of “bureaucratic monopolies,” the real promise of school choice is its…
    Terry Stoops, February 13, 2018
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    Districts fuel desire for educational options

    If you listen to the mainstream media or public school advocacy groups, you might believe that sinister, for-profit meanies are driving the demand for school choice by depicting district schools as defective or immoral institutions. But districts do a fine job of alienating families without any help from school choice…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2018
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    Bias in education reporting

    Rick Hess and Brendan Bell discuss bias in mainstream media coverage of education matters.  They write, We searched news articles, while avoiding opinion pieces, in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, and in four widely-read, education-specific outlets (The 74, Chalkbeat, The Chronicle of…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2018
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    ENC STEM offers course content on cloning, social justice

    The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets today, and one of the presenters is a representative from Eastern North Carolina (ENC) STEM, a program that combines courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with leadership development and team-building activities. I thought that the following slide from the ENC…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2018