Education

Untangling Budget Plans Regarding Teacher Assistants

Untangling Budget Plans Regarding Teacher Assistants

The best way to break the impasse is for the General Assembly to follow the state Senate’s lead and trim the number of TAs while increasing the number of teachers when it finalizes a spending plan for K-12 education.

Cut This, Go Home:  Reducing TA’s in Favor of Smaller Classes Is a Wise Investment

Cut This, Go Home: Reducing TA’s in Favor of Smaller Classes Is a Wise Investment

This specific article addresses one of the largest sticking points between the House and Senate budget plans: funding for teacher assistants vs. smaller class sizes.

School Choice: Benefits Are More than Academic

School Choice: Benefits Are More than Academic

Recent Civitas research looked at how school choice in Wake Forest might affect the community's growth, and the findings do suggest such educational options may promote the local economy.

NC Voters Support Ed Savings Accounts

NC Voters Support Ed Savings Accounts

A recent Civitas Poll shows ESAs are popular in North Carolina – with almost every group and region – especially when the accounts are available to all families.

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion. Progressives objected loudly,however, their objections miss the mark.

Charter School Update: a Mixed Bag

Charter School Update: a Mixed Bag

While charter schools continue to attract students and expand in record numbers, the current legislative session can best be described as a mixed bag.

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

The NC Senate has before it a bill to rein in a program that would collect and store intimate data about children in public schools, all while requiring parents to waive their right to be involved in discussions about their child's health.

School Choice Event Resources

School Choice Event Resources

Videos from the July 15 School Choice event featuring John Allison, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and the study's authors are now available! Click here to see the presentations from this important event.

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.

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