Author: Bob Luebke

 

NC Voters Back Education Reforms

March 5, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bob Luebke (919) 834-2099       bob.luebke@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – The most recent Civitas Poll shows North Carolina voters strongly support the new Opportunity Scholarship Grants to help low-income students attend the schools of their choice. A clear majority of respondents also oppose the Common Core…

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

In his article “Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards,” Keith Poston argues against revisions to the current Common Core standards and the importance of ensuring teachers have a voice in this discussion. In a two-part response, I argue, in part one, that significant changes…

Books are not the only problem in recent WCPSS controversy

Books are not the only problem in recent WCPSS controversy

Wake County Public Schools finds itself in the middle of a book controversy. Concerned parents at Highcroft Drive Elementary School have voiced concerns about the use of highly questionable books by fourth graders at the school. A blogger named NC Citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote about the story…

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall in 2011, the new Republican legislative majority eliminated $13.5 million in annual funding to the NC Teaching Fellows program. Now several legislators – all Democrats – have introduced a bill (House Bill 21, Restore Teaching Fellows Program) that restores $3.6 million in annual funding…

School Grades: Don’t Get Lost in the Noise

School Grades: Don’t Get Lost in the Noise

Today North Carolina released A-F grades for all traditional public and charter schools. News outlets have been all  over the story and pundits are  angling to put a spin on what is expected to be a  tough day for many schools.  For the past several days, public school officials have…

It’s Time to Celebrate National School Choice Week

It’s Time to Celebrate National School Choice Week

This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents – not the government – should control their children’s education and where they…

N&O Editors: Deny WCPSS budget facts   

N&O Editors: Deny WCPSS budget facts  

“Do you have any interest in reporting the facts?” That’s the question I’d like to ask News & Observer editors after reading the recent editorial, “Time for Wake Schools to Build Back.” They cherry-picked data and cobbled together shallow or misleading arguments in order to claim the Wake County Public…

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the…

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Civitas recently published findings on the cost of a high school diploma in North Carolina and academic performance – and the results undercut the myth that money alone can buy good education. What did we find? On average, North Carolina spent about $150,000 to educate a high school graduate. Second,…

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs.  Now, little over a year later, community leaders are saying that…

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