(3.25.10) Ideas Have Consequences in Wake County
RALEIGH -- Self-styled progressive advocacy groups continue to push outdated and discredited education theories that empower bureaucrats to the detriment of teachers, parents, and students.
(3.05.10) 21st Century Questions
The fight over public school history requirements is tied to a larger effort to place more of the school curriculum in a “contemporary context.”
(1.28.10) Slither to the Top
RALEIGH -- Throughout his campaign and during most of his first year in office, Barack Obama declared that charter schools would be an important component of his education agenda. It was a commitment that his reform-minded Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shared. When the time came for the Obama administration to introduce its plan, it was no surprise that Obama and Duncan made charter schools one of the centerpieces.
(12.03.09) Alvin, Simon, and Theodore Explain Student Spending
RALEIGH -- Does North Carolina's method of funding public schools favor wealthy counties at the expense of poor ones? The facts suggest otherwise.
(10.08.09) Benefits of Longer School Day, Longer School Year Do Not Add Up
RALEIGH -- For years, state education leaders, school officials, and public school advocacy groups have urged the North Carolina legislature to extend the school day and year.
(10.02.09) Longer School Day, Longer School Year: Here We Go Again
Public education officials continue to push ideas that have no track record of improving student performance.
(6.12.09) Class size: Small or super-size?
The class size debate is back. One item in the North Carolina Senate’s budget would save taxpayers approximately $323 million by raising class sizes by an average of two students per classroom.
(5.29.09) Time and Time Again
Advocates are ignoring the evidence when they push to add days to North Carolina’s public school calendar.
(4.09.09) Dropping the Ball on Dropout Prevention
Throwing money into a statewide grant program appears to have done little to improve North Carolina's dismal dropout numbers.
(2.13.09) Don’t Just Stop At The Top
It makes sense to restructure leadership of North Carolina's public education agencies. While lawmakers are considering changes, they also could dig a little deeper for cost-saving improvements.