Category: Civil Society

  • Innovative School District: A promising idea for improving schools 

    In 2016, the General Assembly passed a bill that created the Achievement School District — later changed to the Innovative School District or ISD — which was tasked to coordinate the transfer of up to five persistently low-performing district schools to a charter school operator. The purpose of the legislation was straightforward — assist district schools that…

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas is an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Robeson County is where North Carolina ends. Interstate 95 cuts straight through…

  • Special Needs Education Savings Account in high demand

    North Carolina’s Special Needs Education Savings Account has seen a surge in applicants, outnumbering the available slots for the school-choice program. Applications closed April 2 with 1,430 students applying for the 330 open slots. The number of slots was determined by the General Assembly’s allocation…

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    What follows is the first of an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Reidsville in Rockingham County, like much of that region, has lost much…

  • Birth center advocates caution against overzealous regulations

    Impulsive legislative action over four infant deaths at a Cary natural birth center operated by midwives could limit access to a healthy, lower-cost alternative for expectant mothers, says one of North Carolina’s top nurse midwives. We may fall further behind other states in access to midwifery as a…