Education

 

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…

 

“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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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.…

 

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…

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