Education

 

NCLB Waivers: The Means to Another End

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have requested waivers from the Federal government for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. The waivers free the states from changes required of schools and states who fail to meet the goals outlined in NCLB.  Nearly all states have failed to meet the…

 

Parents Upset “Chicken Nuggets” Teacher in Hoke County Suspended Over the Incident

At least two families were sent letters from Hoke County Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes informing them their children’s pre-K teacher, Margaret Maynor, was suspended while the infamous “chicken nuggets” incident is investigated. Update: Mrs. Maynor has now resigned her position. On January 30 some pre-K students at West Hoke Elementary…

 

NC Commission Deleted Exception for Parents to School Lunch Nutrition Rules

Lawmakers May Move to Require the Exception (RALEIGH) – School lunch inspections, such as the one at West Hoke Elementary School that garnered national attention, could be avoided in the future if the NC Child Care Commission doesn’t ignore a recommendation from the General Assembly and its own attorney. The…

 

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…

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