Category: Education (PreK-12)

  • Reversing the U.S. slip-and-slide in math

    Here’s a new math fact for a new school year: The U.S. will launch the year at the back of the global classroom. Other countries have surged ahead, populating a global STEM pipeline that teems with talent. Yet despite hundreds of billions of dollars in annual education spending and years…

  • Folwell: State pension fund sets records

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Thursday the state pension fund grew over the second quarter of the year as its exposure to risk shrank. Pension fund assets were valued at a record $93.9 billion after all fees and expenses. That is up from $92.2 billion…

  • State education board appeals DPI ruling

    The State Board of Education isn’t finished fighting N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson in court. A three-judge Superior Court panel ruled last week in favor of Johnson, but the board is appealing that decision. In a special session last year, a…

  • Research identifies traits of successful teachers

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 739: New research offers clues about the primary factors that go into making a public school teacher effective. Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation’s vice president for research, examines the data. He explains how the research fits with recent legislative efforts to change…

  • Voucher supporters fire back at Duke Law School’s criticisms

    Backers of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income students continue to challenge a report from Duke University claiming the program doesn’t help scholarship recipients learn. A recent white paper from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a nonprofit that backs opportunity scholarships, charter schools and other forms of…

  • Folwell will push pension solvency plan with Senate leaders

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell hopes the General Assembly will build on its recent boost in the state’s Rainy Day Fund with a plan to make state pensions and health benefits more solvent. House Bill 651 would reduce tens of billions of dollars in long-term debt by…