Author: Bob Luebke

How to Reform Testing (Part II)

How to Reform Testing (Part II)

In Part I, we discussed why parents, teachers and the public in general think schools do too much testing. After all, the average public school student will take 18 standardized tests and be engaged in 106 hours of state and federal testing before they graduate. It’s time to look at…

School Testing Must Be Reined In – Part I

School Testing Must Be Reined In – Part I

If you want to find an education issue where there seems to be universal agreement in North Carolina, talk about testing. Most everyone agrees we subject our kids to too much of it.

NC Higher Ed Funding: Facts Squelch Claims

NC Higher Ed Funding: Facts Squelch Claims

Ever since Republicans gained majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010 and won the governor’s office in 2012, Democrats and Progressives have lamented the decline of higher education and especially the University of North Carolina System. Anyone who reviews the snapshots can only conclude the conventional wisdom doesn’t…

4 Reasons to Support Education Savings Accounts

4 Reasons to Support Education Savings Accounts

School choice remains a top education priority for the North Carolina General Assembly. Now North Carolinians may be getting a peek at what the next iteration of school choice may look like.

Link  Between Charter Schools and Segregation Is Faulty

Link Between Charter Schools and Segregation Is Faulty

A study linking charter schools with segregation has major weaknesses, which, when taken together, cast a doubt on the validity of its conclusions.

Taxing Private Endowments? A Bad Idea All Around

Taxing Private Endowments? A Bad Idea All Around

Taxing large endowments is not a new idea. Taxing only large private endowments, however, is a new twist.

Parents Should Be Wary of Health Form

Parents Should Be Wary of Health Form

If parents do not submit a form, principals will supply “deficiency statement” to parents. They have 30 days from the time a “deficiency statement” is issued to supply a form to the school.

Obama’s Community College Plan Badly Flawed

Obama’s Community College Plan Badly Flawed

America needs a better-educated work force – but President Obama’s plan for “free” community college is not the way to get it. By 2020, two in three jobs will require some higher education to perform. These realities have helped to propel Obama’s recent proposal to make the first two years…

“Teacher Voices” and Common Core

“Teacher Voices” and Common Core

In “Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards,” Keith Poston of the Public School Forum argues against changing the Common Core math and English standards, since he believes members of the state’s Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) are working to weaken the standards. In the…

 

NC Voters Back Education Reforms

March 5, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bob Luebke (919) 834-2099       bob.luebke@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – The most recent Civitas Poll shows North Carolina voters strongly support the new Opportunity Scholarship Grants to help low-income students attend the schools of their choice. A clear majority of respondents also oppose the Common Core…

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