Common Core State Standards: Why Parents and Citizens Should Be Concerned

Common Core State Standards Are Based on Shaky Assumptions, Assumes -- without proof-- that Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the best standards.


Test Results Raise Lots Of Questions – As They Should

Don't panic. That's the message most of us have been hearing all day from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Today DPI released state test scores for the READY Accountability model.


The Outlines of Education Reform: Part II

Changes Aim to Improve Teaching, Add Choices In part I of this two-part series on the shape and direction of education reform in North Carolina, we looked behind the education budget numbers. Now in Part II we discuss this year’s legislative steps to address concerns about student achievement, teacher salaries and…


A Sober Look at Education Reform in NC

This two-part series will answer some of the current claims. Part I will address claims regarding spending cuts and include additional information frequently ignored in the budget debates. Part II will address concerns about student achievement, teacher pay and school vouchers.


NC Teachers Speak Up On Common Core

As schools across North Carolina begin teaching classes based on the Common Core standards, it is timely and appropriate to consider the views of the people who are closest to the new curricula: teachers. The superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, has insisted that teachers were a…


North Carolina’s 2013 Legislative Session Recap: Landmark Gains For Conservatism

As the dust settles on the landmark 2013 North Carolina legislative session, conservatives can look upon the accomplishments of the state legislature and find much to celebrate.


Common Core Demystified, Part II

We explore DPI's claim that Common Core does not require specific data collection efforts and that the implementation of Common Core standards is "no different in cost than implementing North Carolina's ongoing revisions to its longstanding standard course of study."


WSSU and Bowman Gray Stadium: A Bad Deal

Last November, Chancellor Donald Reaves of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) joined Nathan Hatch, the President of Wake Forest University, and Susan Pauly, president of Salem Academy and College, at a forum in Winston-Salem to talk about something Reaves has frequently talked about the last few years: the rising cost of…


DPI Defense of Common Core Is Mystifying – Part I

On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS). Long story short: It hasn’t. Common Core Demystified contains numerous inaccuracies and repeats false…


The True Conservative Response on Common Core

In a misnamed article, “Common Core is a conservative victory,” Republican education reformers Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli used a recent News &Observer op-ed to try and persuade North Carolina conservatives to support the new national Common Core education standards. I respect Finn and Petrilli and frequently agree with them.…

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