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    Your mind on progressivism

    From, an October 6, News & Observer editorial commenting on the Johnston County Commissioners decision to have the school board ban critical race theory before receiving county dollars: School boards should have the autonomy to decide what’s best for our schools and our children. The Johnston County school board…
    Bob Luebke, October 12, 2021
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    Charter school expansion: N&O style

    According to an inane editorial published by the News & Observer, But North Carolina has let charters grow too fast in number without contemplating their effect on regular public schools – and without GOP legislators bolstering funding for regular schools to offset the losses from more charters. I have…
    Terry Stoops, January 16, 2018
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    N&O reporter buries the lede “like a boss”

    Nobody buries the lede like the News & Observer. In their report on the release of new teacher pay rankings, the fact that North Carolina now ranks 42nd in the nation isn’t mentioned until the fourth paragraph.  The first sentence of the piece identifies last year’s rank, which…
    Terry Stoops, March 19, 2015
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    UNC professor embarrasses self with ridiculous Common Core letter

    Robert Sealock of Chapel Hill has something to say and the News & Observer let him say it! In his May 3 letter “ A standards evaluation commission the way to go,” Jerry Tillman, a legislator from Archdale, tried to prove that Republicans are not politicizing the battle…
    Terry Stoops, May 12, 2014
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    N&O editors go after critics of Common Core, dismiss their concerns (shock!)

    I point out in my new Q&A publication, “60 Questions About Common Core: Answers for North Carolinians,” that Common Core proponents have a tendency to scoff at, rather than address the concerns of, their detractors.  53. How do Common Core proponents address criticism of the standards? Unfortunately, proponents increasingly…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2013
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    Moral Democrats and immoral Republicans

    A popular notion among liberals is that budgets are “moral documents.” For example, in a September 5 News & Observer op-ed, Chapel Hill lawyer Vivian Connell contends, “How we spend our money – as a municipality, as a country or as an individual – says more about what we…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2013
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    N&O editors: Teacher labor market as easy as $$$

    News & Observer editors and Superintendent of Public Instruction have a hypothesis – “low pay” may produce a teacher shortage.  It may also produce nuclear war, as those of who participated in intercollegiate policy debate know all too well. Those who study this stuff know that the issue is…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2013
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    N&O: Illusions of grandeur

    An anti-voucher editorial in the News & Observer makes the following argument: It is ironic that as Wake County seeks a new superintendent for a stellar public system that’s delivering a quality education to 150,000 students, there are those in the legislature who would undermine that effort by steering…
    Terry Stoops, May 30, 2013