Education

 

NC Superintendent Debate

Among the statewide races to be decided this fall is State Superintendent of Public Instruction. June Atkinson has held the position since August 2005, and is the Democratic nominee for the office. Challenging Atkinson is Republican John Tedesco, a member of the Wake County Board of Education since 2009. The…

 

Luncheon Spotlights Drive for School Choice

The Sept. 18 “Lunch and Learn: School Choice – the Road Ahead” highlighted wide public support for giving parents and students more choices in where they go to school. The event, sponsored by Civitas and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, brought education experts and lawmakers together to survey the…

 

School Choice: Options for expanding educational freedom and bringing real reform

Excitement about school choice is helping to remake North Carolina public and private schools. Enrollment in charter schools is exploding. More students than ever are being educated in virtual and home schools. While private school enrollment has dipped slightly (four-tenths of one percent) since 2008-09, due in large part to…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

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