Education

 

Teaching Fellows: A Closer Look

Recently the News & Observer ran a story and an editorial taking issue with my comments recommending the elimination of the Teaching Fellows program. This article is a response to the Thursday, August 4th News & Observer editorial N&O editors make a weak case for why North Carolina taxpayers should…

 

Perdue Issues Executive Order, GOP Scapegoated for Manning Decision

It’s becoming quite trendy to blame Republicans for the recent decision by Judge Howard Manning to decree that all at-risk children receive Pre-K services. GOP leadership in the General Assembly wrote the Pre-K budget, Manning ruled against the Pre-K budget, therefore Manning ruled against the GOP—or so their logic goes.…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

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