Education

 

School Job Losses in Large LEAs Contradict Left’s Talking Points

An August 31st   press release by the Department of Public Instruction declared that this fall, the public schools will eliminate more than 6,300 positions and layoff more than 2,400 school staff—including over 530 teachers –  from existing positions.  A spreadsheet attached to the same document details how North Carolina public schools…

 

The General Assembly’s Pre-K Lemons

Life handed the General Assembly lemons, and they’re making… Well, for the time being they’re still just lemons. But recent developments at the General Assembly in the form of a legislative study committee could mitigate some of the Republican-controlled legislature’s public relations woes surrounding the state’s celebrated Pre-Kindergarten (formerly More…

 

Dem Budget Tour Brings Everything But the Truth

Earlier this week House and Senate Democrats began a state wide budget tour to criticize the Republican-authored state budget and job losses in state government and the public schools. Democrat law makers, local officials and individuals directly impacted by budget cuts dutifully showed up at various stops to criticize policies…

 

What You Don’t Hear in the Discussion About Teacher Layoffs

Remember this figure: 18,000 plus.  That figure, according to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and House minority leader Joe Hackney  ( D-Orange ), – is the number of public school jobs that would be lost if the Republicans passed their version of the 2011-12 state budget. Last week, the Department of…

 

NCAE: Pick-a-Fact is Not a Useful Strategy

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is mad. And they want you to be too. For the past several weeks, the organization has been decrying the impact of state budget cuts on schools around the state. Earlier this week John de Ville, a teacher at Macon County Schools and…

 

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…

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