Education

 

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…

 

State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”

A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept…

 

NCAE Misses the Mark, Again

The February 6 Daily Political Briefing by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)   resorts to misleading statements about teacher pay in an  unsuccessful  attempt to refute a March 2011 Civitas Institute article about why North Carolina should find a better way to pay teachers. NCAE charges that teacher pay is…

 

Behind the DPI School Personnel Numbers

The Department of Public Instruction has released the final public school personnel [1] figures for 2011-12. Last week we posted preliminary school personnel data on the Civitas web site. How accurate was the preliminary data?  The percentage difference in annual staff changes by funding source (i.e., local, state and federal)…

 

Gov. Perdue’s Tax Increase for Schools: A Bad Idea at a Bad Time

Yesterday, Gov. Perdue released a statement supporting a three-quarters-of-one- cent increase in the state sales tax to stop what she says are “deep and unnecessary cuts to public schools.” I agree with Gov. Perdue’s assessment that education is key to our future. However, I cannot agree with her proposal to…

 

Preliminary DPI Personnel Data Shows Increase in State-Supported Education Jobs

Preliminary DPI Personnel Data Shows Increase in State-Supported Education Personnel Preliminary public school personnel data from the Department of Public Instruction shows that the number of state-supported public education personnel increased by 4,720 over the previous year. (Preliminary-DPI-School-Personnel-Data-2012)  The data stands in stark contrast to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claims Republican…

 

NCAE: A Giant Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality

NCAE: A Giant Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly successfully overrode Gov. Perdue’s veto of SB 727- No Dues Checkoff for School Employees. The legislation ends the practice of the state collecting dues check off payments for members of the North Carolina Association of…

 

House Votes to End Dues Check Off Benefit for NCAE

Late last night, amidst legislative maneuvering and name calling, House Republicans overrode Governor Perdue’s veto of SB-727 and voted to stop the state from collecting membership dues from public school employees.  Two Democrats (Rep. William Brisson – Bladen and Rep. James Crawford – Granville) joined with 67 Republicans in supporting the…

 

Education Editorial: long on rhetoric, short on facts

“It’s time for the Republican legislators to stop deluding themselves about the adequacy of their funding for public education.” Winston Salem Journal Editorial, November 15, 2011 That’s the reckless accusation of editors at the Winston-Salem Journal (WSJ) who assail Republican legislators in an editorial for slashing public school budgets, punting…

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