Author: Bob Luebke

  • Preliminary DPI Personnel Data Shows Increase in State-Supported Education Jobs

    Preliminary DPI Personnel Data Shows Increase in State-Supported Education Personnel Preliminary public school personnel data from the Department of Public Instruction shows that the number of state-supported public education personnel increased by 4,720 over the previous year. (Preliminary-DPI-School-Personnel-Data-2012)  The data stands in stark contrast to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claims Republican state budget cuts have resulted […]

  • Number of State-Funded Teachers Increases

    To read release click here Jan 12, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bob Luebke (919) 834-2099 Raleigh, N.C. – While headlines scream about k-12 education cuts across the state, preliminary data obtained from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)indicates state funded personnel in local school systems actually increased at the start of […]

  • NCAE: A Giant Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality

    NCAE: A Giant Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly successfully overrode Gov. Perdue’s veto of SB 727- No Dues Checkoff for School Employees. The legislation ends the practice of the state collecting dues check off payments for members of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The reaction from […]

  • House Votes to End Dues Check Off Benefit for NCAE

    Late last night, amidst legislative maneuvering and name calling, House Republicans overrode Governor Perdue’s veto of SB-727 and voted to stop the state from collecting membership dues from public school employees.  Two Democrats (Rep. William Brisson – Bladen and Rep. James Crawford – Granville) joined with 67 Republicans in supporting the override. The legislation, sponsored by […]

  • Education Editorial: long on rhetoric, short on facts

    “It’s time for the Republican legislators to stop deluding themselves about the adequacy of their funding for public education.” Winston Salem Journal Editorial, November 15, 2011 That’s the reckless accusation of editors at the Winston-Salem Journal (WSJ) who assail Republican legislators in an editorial for slashing public school budgets, punting tough decisions to locals and […]

  • Class Size Ratios: Time to Throw Away an Outdated Idea

    For years a certain unquestioned assumption has governed North Carolina public schools: smaller class sizes in the lower grades will help boost student achievement. The formal term, “class size reduction” or CSR, determines how money is allotted to Local Education Agencies (LEAs).  In grades K-3, the ratio is one teacher per 18 students and the […]

  • School Job Losses in Large LEAs Contradict Left’s Talking Points

    An August 31st   press release by the Department of Public Instruction declared that this fall, the public schools will eliminate more than 6,300 positions and layoff more than 2,400 school staff—including over 530 teachers –  from existing positions.  A spreadsheet attached to the same document details how North Carolina public schools have lost more than 8 […]

  • Mayer Flails – and Fails in New Yorker Article

    Add Jane Mayer to the list of liberals trolling the backwaters of North Carolina politics desperately looking for evidence to validate the lefts’s predetermined conclusion that Art Pope bought control of North Carolina politics. Mayer, who authored the recent New Yorker piece on Art Pope, claims to be an investigative journalist. However, her work argues against […]

  • Dem Budget Tour Brings Everything But the Truth

    Earlier this week House and Senate Democrats began a state wide budget tour to criticize the Republican-authored state budget and job losses in state government and the public schools. Democrat law makers, local officials and individuals directly impacted by budget cuts dutifully showed up at various stops to criticize policies and plead for more money. […]

  • What You Don’t Hear in the Discussion About Teacher Layoffs

    Remember this figure: 18,000 plus.  That figure, according to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and House minority leader Joe Hackney  ( D-Orange ), – is the number of public school jobs that would be lost if the Republicans passed their version of the 2011-12 state budget. Last week, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released results […]

  • NCAE: Pick-a-Fact is Not a Useful Strategy

    The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is mad. And they want you to be too. For the past several weeks, the organization has been decrying the impact of state budget cuts on schools around the state. Earlier this week John de Ville, a teacher at Macon County Schools and NCAE member, took his turn […]

  • Teaching Fellows: A Closer Look

    Recently the News & Observer ran a story and an editorial taking issue with my comments recommending the elimination of the Teaching Fellows program. This article is a response to the Thursday, August 4th News & Observer editorial N&O editors make a weak case for why North Carolina taxpayers should continue to fund the Teaching […]

  • Who are the Friends of Public Education?

    “We have always indicated to the people of North Carolina and indeed the world that North Carolina would never abandon its commitment to improve public education and to have the best university and community college system in the world,” said Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland)  at a Democratic news conference. “With this budget, it turns out […]

  • Bev’s Vetoes: Politics over Principle

    “This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors,” she said.  “The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship. Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise […]

  • Session Filled With Steps – And Missteps – to Redirect and Reshape Public Education

    With Republican majorities in the House and Senate for the first time in over 100 years, the recently-completed legislative session marks a new period in North Carolina political history. Last November, conservative themes of accountability, expanding educational freedom, and local control helped to propel many candidates to victory. Soon after the election, Republicans proposed a […]

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