Education

 

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…

 

Class Size Ratios: Time to Throw Away an Outdated Idea

For years a certain unquestioned assumption has governed North Carolina public schools: smaller class sizes in the lower grades will help boost student achievement. The formal term, “class size reduction” or CSR, determines how money is allotted to Local Education Agencies (LEAs).  In grades K-3, the ratio is one teacher…

 

State Lawmakers’ “Risky Business”

Risk is the word of the day on Jones Street.  “At-risk” that is. A term used for deciding eligibility for the state’s Pre-K program (formerly More at Four), “at-risk” has had a rather fluid definition over the years. Now lawmakers are seeking to clarify, and perhaps alter, the state’s at-risk…

 

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…

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