Archive: K-12 Update

  • Top athletes back Opportunity Scholarship program

    RALEIGH — Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has teamed up with advocates of school choice to raise awareness for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program. The 33 year-old NFL star this week appeared in an ad from Parents for Education Freedom in…

  • Meeting a Special Need

    When special needs children aren’t well-served by North Carolina’s K-12 public education system, what recourse do they have? Unfortunately, the answer has historically been “not much.” This year, a bipartisan, forward-thinking coalition of state lawmakers has set out to change that.

  • “A Lifeline of Hope”

    Tough times may be in store for the nation’s first federally-funded voucher program. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released its latest evaluation (.pdf) of Washington, DC’s Opportunity Scholarship Program.

  • Shooting Straight on the Graduation Rate

    It’s that time of year again. This week marked the end of another academic year for students attending traditional public schools in North Carolina. For high school seniors in the midst of graduation ceremonies, this time also represents a proud and much-anticipated rite of passage from the K-12 years to…

  • Education Data 2008

    The past 30 years have ushered in dramatic changes to American education. That’s the principal message of The Condition of Education 2008, the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) annual compilation of education facts.

  • Homeschooling Grows Up

    No longer in the throes of adolescence, North Carolina’s homeschooling movement celebrated its 20th birthday this year. Much has changed since the General Assembly moved to legalize homeschooling in 1988. Here and across the nation, the homeschooling movement has grown in stature and popularity – defying stereotypes and occasionally, disarming…

  • Gender Equity Wars

    On Tuesday the American Association of University Women (AAUW) fired another salvo in the gender equity wars. According to their new report, Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education, concerns from psychologists and educators about boys’ academic achievement and overall adjustment are vastly overblown.

  • Lining up to Teach for America

    Numerous interventions – affecting law and policy – have targeted America’s entrenched achievement gap. Yet despite these efforts, poor, minority students still lag far behind their more affluent, white peers.

  • Doing Something About Choice

    Good ideas demand action. As mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “Ideas won’t keep: something must be done about them.” This is certainly true of school choice.