Education

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in North Carolina? $50,000? $75,000? Our new analysis shows that North Carolina taxpayers spend about $150,000 for each student who receives a high school diploma. That amount doesn’t even include capital costs and other major expenses. Of…

Campaign ad dodges facts, raises financing issues

Campaign ad dodges facts, raises financing issues

“I always want my students to start with facts, and the fact is Thom Tillis is terrible for education in North Carolina.” That’s the beginning of a pointed TV ad featuring Chapel Hill teacher Vivian Connell. The ad is part of a $1.7 million campaign by the National Education Association’s…

Common Core: While You Were Away

Common Core: While You Were Away

Welcome back! I trust everyone had a good summer. We all need breaks and I hope you had a chance to unplug. You say that you were following Common Core until school let out.  And now, well, you have no idea what’s happened these last few months. No problem. It’s…

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Pat Hensley bristles at being called a politician, and until her June retirement she held a supposedly nonpartisan position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Catawba County Schools. But Hensley acted like a veteran politician when she and her supporters used the county school system and their school connections…

How Teachers Can Get a $450 Raise

How Teachers Can Get a $450 Raise

As part of a campaign to inform employees and union workers of their rights, the Civitas Institute will be educating North Carolina teachers and other school employees about how they can give themselves an average $450 a year pay increase by leaving the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The…

AP Courses Rewrite American History

AP Courses Rewrite American History

As students head back to high school this fall, they and their parents will quickly discover that much of traditional American history taught in Advanced Placement (AP) courses for college credit is being rewritten with a distinctive left-leaning bias. The organization behind these changes is the College Board, the same…

Common Core Supporters Lack a Case Against It

Common Core Supporters Lack a Case Against It

At a recent meeting of the government relations committee meeting for the Wake County School Board, school board member Jim Martin called current legislative efforts to correct Common Core problems “very much a political overreach.” According to news reports, Martin then fired this shot: “It’s not clear that the folks…

Legislative Session Addresses More than Teacher Pay

Legislative Session Addresses More than Teacher Pay

Much of the policy debate over education these days has been dominated by teacher pay. While how and how much we pay our teachers are important concerns, teacher pay has crowded out a variety of other important issues. In the interests of equal time, here are a few education topics…

NC’s Real Teacher Pay Gap: Between Rank-and-File and NCAE Executives

NC’s Real Teacher Pay Gap: Between Rank-and-File and NCAE Executives

As the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) holds its “School’s Out” rally, the Civitas Institute puts the spotlight on the gulf between teacher’s salaries and NCAE executives’ salaries. Using the latest figures* from 2012, the most recent available, the average salary of NCAE executives was $180,231, compared to a…

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…

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