Education

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

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