• Who are the Friends of Public Education?

    “We have always indicated to the people of North Carolina and indeed the world that North Carolina would never abandon its commitment to improve public education and to have the best university and community college system in the world,” said Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland)  at a Democratic news conference. “With this budget, it turns out […]

  • Judge’s Decision Leaves Pre-K in Chaotic Confusion

    A recent ruling by Judge Howard Manning could bring sweeping changes to the childcare industry– mandating all children considered “at-risk” receive state-funded Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) services. Or, it might not have any impact at all. Such are the wide ranging interpretations of the meaning and impact of the Superior Court Judge’s decision, which have befuddled North […]

  • Community Colleges Opt Out of Federal Student Loan Program in Fear of Liability

    The North Carolina Community College System reports 18 of its schools have decided to opt out of the federal student loan program. They fear their colleges could be at risk if many student borrowers default on those loans. The default rate on federal student loans continues to rise in North Carolina and some  community colleges […]

  • Wisconsin Union Battle: Framing the Debate in North Carolina?

    Amidst the controversy surrounding recent legislation that would have affected the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), people are regrettably misinformed.  Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of legislation banning automatic dues payments from NCAE members’ paychecks exposed several prevailing misconceptions. First, the NCAE has certain self-interests. The NCAE is a lobbying group representing the welfare of […]

  • Smart Start Partnership Re-Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Mismanaging Non-Profit

    In a controversial decision that followed heated opposition by the public and alarming questions raised by the members of the board, Durham County’s Partnership for Children voted to re-award a multimillion dollar contract to a non-profit with a very troubled past. The Durham County Partnership for Children is the local Smart Start branch in Durham […]

  • Session Filled With Steps – And Missteps – to Redirect and Reshape Public Education

    With Republican majorities in the House and Senate for the first time in over 100 years, the recently-completed legislative session marks a new period in North Carolina political history. Last November, conservative themes of accountability, expanding educational freedom, and local control helped to propel many candidates to victory. Soon after the election, Republicans proposed a […]

  • Dues Check Off Bill Advances

    Yesterday the House approved on straight party lines (71-47) legislation (SB 727) to eliminate the association dues check off option for active and retired public school employees. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), would essentially end the practice of having state government administer the periodic deduction of membership dues and contributions for members […]

  • Parents Angry as Children Drawn into Budget Controversy

    Third grade students at Tramway Elementary school in Sanford find themselves in the middle of a growing controversy to determine whether school officials crossed a line when they asked students to write letters to lawmakers in support of more funding for public education. The latest chapter in the month-long story was added this week when […]

  • Backgrounds of High-Performing Teachers in Wake County: Not What You Would Expect

    Two weeks ago, amid all the discussion and wrangling over the state budget, the Wake County Public School System released an interesting report that received little attention. Data presented at a May 17th work session of the Wake County School Board showed that significant percentages of Wake County’s high performing teachers have neither an advanced […]

  • Do Taxpayers Really Need to Subsidize the Study of Surfing and Time Travel?

    Fearful of the impacts of another round of budget reductions, UNC officials have been working hard to convince the public and lawmakers about just how dire additional budget cuts will be to the UNC system. Hannah Gage, chair of the UNC Board of Governors, recently told the Charlotte Observer that cuts would mean having “to […]

  • A Little Perspective on Education Budget Reductions

    This could take us back a generation, it could take another generation to come back and I don’t think that’s what the people of North Carolina want. Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt commenting on what he sees as the impact of the proposed state budget for public education. There is no shortage of exaggeration and […]

  • NCAE’s Averted Gaze

    Let’s not be diverted from the important issues at hand.  That’s the surprising response of officials at the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to a report released last week by the Civitas Institute that said from 2006 to 2009 total compensation for NCAE executives increased 24 percent, while total compensation for the average teacher […]

  • Education Budget Breakdown

    This year’s budget crunch brought varying proposals from the Governor, State Senate, and State House, each differing as to where and how deep the axe should fall on state bureaucracy. This Civitas budget breakdown evaluates the different cuts to the Education budget put forth by each branch of state government. As education funding accounts for […]

  • NCAE Executive Compensation: Round II

    Last night, Channel 11 WTVD ran a story on my article on NCAE executive compensation. In reference to our assertion that NCAE executive compensation has increased 24 percent between 2006 and 2009, NCAE Business Affairs manager Tom Herbert says the figure is accurate. However,  Herbert says what’s important is what drives those numbers, which he […]

  • NCAE: Looking Out For Children, Members, or Itself?

    Read NCAE Executive Compensation: Round II The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) portrays itself as concerned with the interests of students and public education.  Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric. NCAE represents the interests of approximately 50,000 teachers and public school employees who pay them. NCAE tax documents state the real purpose of its […]

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