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Author: Bob Luebke


Common Core Quiz

Now that schools are back in session across North Carolina, there is renewed interest in what students are learning and how they are learning it, especially Common Core. But how much do you know about Common Core?


Survey Shows NC Teachers Favor Slowing Down Common Core Implementation

A new survey suggests that North Carolina teachers are leery of the implementation of Common Core standards, with nearly two-thirds favoring slowing down or halting the process. Lately we’ve been hearing much about people’s opinions on Common Core standards being implemented in the public schools. A recent national poll suggested…


Common Core Demystified, Part II

We explore DPI's claim that Common Core does not require specific data collection efforts and that the implementation of Common Core standards is "no different in cost than implementing North Carolina's ongoing revisions to its longstanding standard course of study."


WSSU and Bowman Gray Stadium: A Bad Deal

Last November, Chancellor Donald Reaves of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) joined Nathan Hatch, the President of Wake Forest University, and Susan Pauly, president of Salem Academy and College, at a forum in Winston-Salem to talk about something Reaves has frequently talked about the last few years: the rising cost of…


DPI Defense of Common Core Is Mystifying – Part I

On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS). Long story short: It hasn’t. Common Core Demystified contains numerous inaccuracies and repeats false…


The True Conservative Response on Common Core

In a misnamed article, “Common Core is a conservative victory,” Republican education reformers Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli used a recent News &Observer op-ed to try and persuade North Carolina conservatives to support the new national Common Core education standards. I respect Finn and Petrilli and frequently agree with them.…


Why North Carolina Needs a Voucher Bill

North Carolina lawmakers have an opportunity. After spirited debate by participants on both sides of the aisle, last week members of the House Education Committee approved a bill (HB 944) to provide low income children with a voucher of up to $4,200 to attend nonpublic schools. The action was an…


Expert Highlights Dangers in Common Core Standards

Last fall public schools in North Carolina along with 44 other states began implementing Common Core Standards. The standards — developed by academic experts and private trade associations with the financial backing of several large foundations — have unleashed a brushfire of criticism, fueled in part by the controversial ideas…


New Website to Fight Common Core Standards

May 13, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bob Luebke (919) 834-2099 Bob.Luebke@NCCivitas.org RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has unveiled a new statewide web site, StopCommonCoreNC.com, dedicated to educating North Carolinians about the problems associated with Common Core Standards and the threat they pose to state and parental rights. The web…


3 Big Errors in N&O Voucher Op-Ed

Not true – that’s my response to the oped by Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes in last week’s News & Observer about school vouchers and their supposed harmful impacts on students and schools. Let’s look at three of the biggest errors. Brannon and Rhodes claim the current voucher (up to…

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