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Education

 

Pre-K Programs Deserve Skeptical Look

It’s time for North Carolina and federal leaders to develop healthy skepticism about large-scale government-run pre-kindergarten education in schools – because there’s mounting evidence that the programs do little or no good. Dianna Lightfoot had been set to become director of childhood development and early education in the North Carolina…

 

Education Savings Accounts Can Give NC Families More School Choices

Public opinion polls clearly show that North Carolina parents want expanded educational opportunities for their children. Combine that with the growing influence of school choice advocates in the General Assembly and the election of a new Governor supportive of school reform efforts, and you boost the chances that North Carolina…

 

School Choice Criticism Wilts Under Close Review

A recent poll of North Carolinians by the Civitas Institute and the Friedman Foundation reported that if given a choice of where to educate their child, only 34 percent of respondents said they would choose a traditional public school. Almost two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) said they would enroll their…

 

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…

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