Education

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…

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

One quality that makes charter and private schools effective in educating children is their ability to operate efficiently. Part of that efficiency comes from the freedom charter schools enjoy to pay teachers according to how the school values the teacher – not by some arcane schedule of what teachers should…

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

The North Carolina House released its budget plan for FY 2014-15, which would spend $21.09 billion. The total would be a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget. The total also would be $98 million more than what was approved in last year’s biennial budget. The House budget…

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.…

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