K-12 education (page 4)

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    Not a Joke: A Headband Device That Tells a Teacher If Your Kid is Paying Attention

    Big Brother isn’t only watching us, your child could be wearing Big Brother. Check this out from heartland.org: A company promoting a headset that would notify teachers of their students’ attention level is moving toward implementation of a pilot program. “When students use the Focus 1, teachers can immediately…
    Donna Martinez, December 7, 2017
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    N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools Executive Director responds to criticism of charters

    Rhonda Dillingham, the executive director of the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools, has a message for critics of charter schools. “Parents across this state have spoken. They are tired of the status quo. They support school choice,” Dillingham said. “Public charter schools are here to stay.” Dillingham is responding…
    Lindsay Marchello, November 8, 2017
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    What is the Innovative School District, and Why Are Some So Opposed To It?

    Interesting and informative piece by Alex Granados about the Innovative School District (ISD) and the first school the state board of education voted to include, which is in Robeson County. Our own Terry Stoops is quoted extensively: Stoops said he thinks the criticism of the ISD is overblown. “For…
    Donna Martinez, November 7, 2017
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    “Patently false,” says Dr. Terry Stoops.

    Can teachers collaborate and compete with one another? Of course they can – regardless of what some think. Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research, addresses the notion that merit pay would increase competition and reduce collaboration among North Carolina’s public school teachers. Stoops offered these comments…
    Donna Martinez, October 30, 2017
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    North Carolina the Wild, Wild West?

    As Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello reports, in the second Hometown Debate about education, state Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Orange) had this to say about accountability for public charter schools in North Carolina. When it comes to holding charters schools accountable, one legislator, Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, said education policy experts…
    Donna Martinez, October 18, 2017
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    More school competition leads to better citizens

    Corey DeAngelis offers that finding in a Cato Institute report. One of the original arguments for establishing a system of common schools was that children from different backgrounds would learn to get along with one another and become proper citizens. However, when students throw rocks at a seven-year-old boy…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    Columnist: Research Points To Benefits of Later Start To School Day

    Are your teenagers too sleepy to get to school ready to learn? Carolina Journal columnist Kristen Blair looks at the research. Among the data: Later start times may even help close achievement gaps. Kevin Bastian, associate director of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina, led a study of more…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2017
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    On NC SPIN: JLF Experts Dissect School Performance Data

    Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson and John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood answer host Tom Campbell’s questions about 2016-17 N.C. public school student performance data. These exchanges took place during the Sept. 17, 2017, edition of “N.C. Spin.” Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2017