Author: Bob Luebke

 

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…

 

Common Core Quiz

Big changes are slated for North Carolina's public school curricula. How much do you know about the new federal Common Core standards?

 

Bill Gives Students Real Choice in Education

Earlier this week Representatives Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg), Brian Brown (R-Pitt) and Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) introduced HB 944,  the Opportunity Scholarship Act. The legislation allows children from families with limited financial resources to apply for a scholarship grant of up to $4,200 per year.  The grants could be used to help pay…

 

Common Core: Worse than you Think

The second of two parts. In a previous article, I highlighted questionable assumptions underlying national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics, which in 2010 were adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  Let’s look at CCS’s three other major flaws. Diminished Parental and State Influence Imposing…

 

Common Core: What Can We Do?

Last fall, North Carolina public schools began implementing Common Core Standards in schools across the state. As parents and teachers become more familiar with the standards, expect Common Core to be a hot topic discussion.   Parents, educators and citizens who wish to learn more about Common Core have access to…

 

HB 447, Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit in 2011, the state legislature reduced and eliminated a variety of programs in order to balance the budget. One program the legislature ended future funding for was the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program. The Teaching Fellows program awarded renewable scholarships of up to $6,500…

 

Common Core Standards Will Impose an Unproven ‘One Size Fits All’ Curriculum on North Carolina

In 2010 the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics. The standards — spearheaded by two independent organizations, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers — were developed to better prepare students for college or…

 

Civitas Releases Poll on Education Issues

March 7, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Robert Luebke (919) 834-2099 Robert.Luebke@NCCivitas.org RALEIGH – A new poll by the Civitas Institute includes a number of questions which reflect voter attitudes on school choice, Common Core State Standards and ways to improve education. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of voters support the…

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