• Education Monopoly Defends Its Turf

    School choice in North Carolina recently hit a major roadblock when Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones barred a virtual charter school from operating in the state. NC Learns, a non-profit organization, sought to open a virtual charter school with the goal of enrolling almost 2,000 students across the state. The school, NC Virtual Academy, would […]

  • Education Gets a Solid Grade in 2012 Session

    The just-completed legislative short session closes out the first biennium in nearly 100  years that Republicans comprised majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. Even during a session devoted primarily to budget tweaking, education continued to dominate much of the agenda. A stagnant economy, the expiration of nearly $300 million in federal funds for […]

  • Wake County Schools: Back to the Future

    I’ve been away on vacation for a couple of weeks.  Upon my return, I can’t help but think I’ve stepped back in time. The ongoing – or should we say endless – debate  regarding school assignment by the Wake County School Board is not encouraging for conservatives.  Last week Board Chairman Kevin Hill said he wanted […]

  • UNC Center Focuses on Partisanship, not Poverty

    An organization founded by ex-Sen. John Edwards was meant to fight poverty, but many clues suggest it instead focuses more on fighting partisan battles– and avoiding scrutiny by North Carolina taxpayers. The Center on Work, Poverty, and Opportunity at the UNC School of Law was founded in 2005 as a sort of halfway house for […]

  • NC Parents Come Out the Winners on School Lunches

    (RALEIGH) – After a national outcry over  lunch inspections at a pre-K program in Hoke County, the North Carolina Childcare Commission got the message. The commission reinstated a rule allowing homemade lunches to be exempt from nutrition guidelines. The Childcare Commission had previously considered making “parental preference” an exemption to nutrition standards at previous meetings […]

  • Documents: Hoke County School Administrators Balked at Cooperating in Lunch Inspections Probe

    (RALEIGH) – Public documents obtained by the Civitas Institute show some school officials didn’t want to cooperate after a mother in Hoke County complained about her daughter’s homemade lunch being inspected by school officials. The girl was then told to eat cafeteria food because her homemade lunch didn’t meet nutrition standards. An article about the […]

  • Bringing Perspective to the Budget Wars

    The debate over the State budget’s impact on public education has generated much heat  and little light in the last few weeks. Democrats point to large budget reductions, personnel losses and talk of the devastating long-term consequences on students and the public schools. Republicans dispute the claims, saying that funding was actually increased to add […]

  • “Chicken Nuggets” Teacher Breaks Down in Tears Under Questioning Before Resignation

    (RAEFORD) – The pre-K teacher involved in the “chicken nuggets” incident in Hoke County changed her version of what happened after undergoing three separate interrogations. Margaret Maynor was brought to tears in the third session. She submitted her resignation soon after. In a highly unusual move, the Hoke County School System released documents from the […]

  • NCLB Waivers: The Means to Another End

    Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have requested waivers from the Federal government for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. The waivers free the states from changes required of schools and states who fail to meet the goals outlined in NCLB.  Nearly all states have failed to meet the goals outlined in the legislation. […]

  • Parents Upset “Chicken Nuggets” Teacher in Hoke County Suspended Over the Incident

    At least two families were sent letters from Hoke County Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes informing them their children’s pre-K teacher, Margaret Maynor, was suspended while the infamous “chicken nuggets” incident is investigated. Update: Mrs. Maynor has now resigned her position. On January 30 some pre-K students at West Hoke Elementary School were told their homemade […]

  • NC Commission Deleted Exception for Parents to School Lunch Nutrition Rules

    Lawmakers May Move to Require the Exception (RALEIGH) – School lunch inspections, such as the one at West Hoke Elementary School that garnered national attention, could be avoided in the future if the NC Child Care Commission doesn’t ignore a recommendation from the General Assembly and its own attorney. The NC Child Care Commission is […]

  • Father of “Chicken Nuggets” Pre-schooler Says School’s Version of Events Not Accurate

    Rules Lead to Waste and More Changes are on the Way (RAEFORD) – Hoke County Schools Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes is telling the media the pre-K student who was forced to supplement her homemade lunch with chicken nuggets must have been confused when she went through the school lunch line. The girl’s father says his […]

  • NCAE Continues to Muddy the Waters

    There they go again: The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) continues to pump out misleading claims about Civitas and the state’s public school system. Last month’s Civitas article Behind the DPI School Personnel Numbers analyzes changes in North Carolina school personnel over the past year using data provided by the North Carolina Department of […]

  • State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”

    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition […]

  • NCAE Misses the Mark, Again

    The February 6 Daily Political Briefing by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)   resorts to misleading statements about teacher pay in an  unsuccessful  attempt to refute a March 2011 Civitas Institute article about why North Carolina should find a better way to pay teachers. NCAE charges that teacher pay is decreasing because salaries attributed to […]

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