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TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the…

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Civitas recently published findings on the cost of a high school diploma in North Carolina and academic performance – and the results undercut the myth that money alone can buy good education. What did we find? On average, North Carolina spent about $150,000 to educate a high school graduate. Second,…

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs.  Now, little over a year later, community leaders are saying that…

Are taxpayers footing the bill for union group’s expenses?

Are taxpayers footing the bill for union group’s expenses?

It appears the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have been providing free office space for years to the local branch of an organization with close ties to state and national, politically-active teacher unions. Few people know that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired School Personnel Association (CMRSP) has an office inside the district’s Bishop Spaugh…

Bill Gates: Hypocrisy 2.0

Bill Gates: Hypocrisy 2.0

Billionaire Bill Gates, who has spent millions advocating for and implementing the Common Core Standards in 44 states and thousands of public schools across the United States, sends his children to a private school where it’s hard to find any mention of the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Gates’ three children…

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…

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