Education

 

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.…

 

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…

 

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…

 

More at Four Consolidation: Administrative Restructuring Helps Kids

The N.C. House recently released its FY 2011-2013 budget, being forced to cut from a swath of programs in order to get the state’s deficit of over $2 billion under control. One organization impacted is the early childcare subsidy program More at Four: losing $32 million in funding. The program…

 

NAACP Attacks Civitas

Recently the Civitas Institute conducted a School Board Training session for school board members from across the state. The Winston-Salem Forsyth County School Board co-sponsored the training.  The NAACP led by Rev. William Barber protested at the training session in front of a number of TV news crews. The protesters…

 

House Budget Proposal: Education

Earlier this week Republican lawmakers released their $10.6 billion budget proposal for public education for the coming fiscal year. Budget discussions have been framed by how lawmakers would address the state’s estimated $2.4 billion budget deficit. In the end, lawmakers sought to roughly balance the reductions across all three components of…

 

Accreditation: Outlines of a Problem

Recent actions by school accrediting giant, Advance Education Inc. (AdvancED), have set off a firestorm of public discussion about accreditation, its value and how it is awarded. The interest has been fueled by AdvancED’s decision to place Burke County Schools on probation, and assign Wake County Public Schools – the…

 

SB 8: Time to Walk Away

Last November the people of North Carolina shouted “yes” to the conservative message of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic freedom and real education reform. One of the components of that victory was a proposal embraced by nearly all the newly-elected law makers: the removal of the state-imposed 100 school cap…

 

We Need a New Way to Pay Teachers

Revenue shortfalls and the state government’s need to balance the budget have raised the possibility of massive teacher layoffs at the local level. While the economy is partly to blame, the way North Carolina hires and pays teachers has also contributed mightily to the current problems. Last year North Carolina…

 

A Consolidated Effort: Restructuring N.C. Early Childcare Programs

The Legislature has been engaged in a tenuous balancing act of early childcare programs this year. Attempting to find room for budget savings to face down a $2.4 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are trying to also mitigate the impact on recipients of proven programs.

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