Author: Bob Luebke

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The News and Observer has come up with another delusion about Common Core State Standards: that the only explanation for opposition to the standards “is that [NC] GOP leaders are being led around by tea party extremists.” That’s the claim News & Observer editors made in a recent editorial. Blaming…

One Way to Shave the NC Budget

One Way to Shave the NC Budget

Need Budget Savings? UNC Centers and Institutes Deserve a Closer Look. Where can budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? That’s a question on everyone’s mind these days. In our opinion, a review of UNC Centers and Institutes might be a good place to start.…

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

Last week Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke County), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett County) filed a bill (SB 817) to change legislators’ terms from two to four years. The bill also limits the number of consecutive terms that legislators could serve to four. (There currently are no limits.) The…

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…

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