Author: Bob Luebke

What to Do about Teacher Pay? WCPSS Offers a Few Pointers

What to Do about Teacher Pay? WCPSS Offers a Few Pointers

Teacher pay is a topic that has dominated the education landscape in North Carolina for most of the past year. Fueled by growing dissatisfaction with the current system and only one small (1.2 percent) raise in five years, general agreement is emerging that we need to pay our teachers more.…

 

What Are Common Core Defenders Afraid to Say?

Earlier this month the News & Observer ran three opinion pieces on Common Core State Standards. Find them here, here and here. The authors are respected and accomplished individuals, which makes it all the more surprising that they would defend Common Core with arguments that are silly and unconvincing. Jim Goodnight, the…

 

NC Population Estimates Tell Different Stories for NC LEAs

Over the last few years there have been many comments about overcrowded K-12 classrooms and understaffed schools. Often observers tie these problems to North Carolina's growing population in ways that suggest the need for more funding for public schools.

 

Teacher Pay: A Problem Money Can’t Fix

This article is Part I of a two-part series examining how North Carolina’s public school system pays its teachers. Teacher pay: It’s a subject on the minds of many in North Carolina these days. Last month Gov. Pat McCrory announced a plan to boost salaries for starting teachers roughly 14…

 

Civitas Statement to Common Core Study Committee

Below is a transcript of the comments made by Civitas Senior Policy Analyst Bob Luebke to the LRC Common Core Study Committee on March 20, 2014. Good morning to members of the General Assembly and guests.  My name is Bob Luebke. I am a Senior Policy Analyst with Civitas Institute…

 

Making Sense of Teacher Pay

Do other professions require their “best” employees to give up an accomplishment to get a raise?  Do other professions use raises to lure employees into giving up due process?  Those are two questions Wake County public school teacher Dyane Barnett asked in a recent op-ed in the (Raleigh) News &…

 

N&O Editorial on Common Core: Misinformed and Misguided

In an editorial earlier this week, News & Observer editors admonished those who seek to slow down the implementation of Common Core Standards and want the state to back out from national testing requirements. The editor’s arguments are weak and selective in their consideration of relevant facts. First, the editors…

26 More Charter Schools: Let’s Celebrate!

26 More Charter Schools: Let’s Celebrate!

Last week the State Board of Education gave final approval to 26 new charter schools in North Carolina. The new schools are scheduled to open this fall. The addition of more than two dozen new charter schools is the largest increase in the number of new charter schools since the…

NC lawmakers finally taking a look at Common Core questions

NC lawmakers finally taking a look at Common Core questions

This article originally published in the News & Observer After a spring and summer of growing public discontent over the Common Core State Standards and their effect, the General Assembly decided it was finally time to study the issue. In late summer, legislative leaders named a 16-member Legislative Research Commission…

 

Common Core English Language Arts Standards: More Problems than Promise

Such a conclusion reflects on the poor quality of standards nationally. Despite the improvement, however, scholars say ELA standards have significant shortcomings.

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