Opinion

New school board group sounds alarm on mediocre education putting ‘nation at risk’

Forty-one years ago, under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan, the National Commission on Excellence in Education found “a nation at risk.”  If​ ​an​ ​unfriendly​ ​foreign​ ​power​ ​had​ ​attempted​ ​to​ ​impose​ ​on​ ​America​ ​the mediocre​ ​educational​ ​performance​ ​that​ ​exists​ ​today,​ ​we​ ​might​ ​well​ ​have viewed​ ​it​ ​as​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​war.​ ​As​ ​it​ ​stands,​ ​we​...

Amy Cooke
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State’s highest court wrestles again with Leandro education funding issues

The North Carolina Supreme Court could decide in the coming months whether to strike the most recent decisions about court-ordered education funding in the 30-year legal battle commonly known as Leandro. All seven justices spent 80 minutes Thursday morning listening to and questioning lawyers who defended and opposed an April 2023 trial court order calling for $677 million in additional state funding.

CJ Staff
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State’s highest court could decide fate of Greenville red light camera program

The North Carolina Supreme Court will decide in the months ahead whether a cost-sharing agreement that funded Greenville’s red light camera enforcement program complied with the state constitution. Justices heard an hour of oral arguments on the topic Wednesday.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Is UNC System sidestepping REACH Act with weak civics requirement?

In the ongoing debate over the University of North Carolina and its lobbying against the REACH Act, the UNC System put forth a proposal called “Foundations of American Democracy.” While at first this may seem like a step towards correcting UNC’s lack of civics education, a second look suggests it could be a strategic maneuver...

Jameson C. Broggi
News

Crime, suspensions continue to worsen in NC public schools

Despite emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina public schools continue to experience increased incidences of crime, violence, and suspensions, according to data from the NC Department of Public Instruction. A DPI report released at the end of January showed that public schools reported 13,193 acts of crime and violence in the 2022-2023 school year,...

David N. Bass

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Appeals Court reverses course, favors school systems in COVID-related bus accidents

The state Court of Appeals has reversed its own decisions in two cases involving school buses that caused damage while delivering meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In decisions released Tuesday, Judge Jeff Carpenter explained the new rulings favoring the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Alexander County school boards.

CJ Staff
Opinion

The right to school choice is also about the right to stay put

Despite signs of progress, the latest test results show that most North Carolina students have yet to regain the ground lost during the pandemic. There are at least three barriers to academic recovery. First is chronic absenteeism. Compared to five years ago, the number of chronically absent students has doubled. Second, there has been a...

Douglas Lee Lauen, David Griffith
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State Supreme Court splits, 4-2, on Berger’s participation in Leandro case

The state Supreme Court split, 4-2, Friday on allowing Justice Phil Berger Jr. to take part in next week’s hearing in the 30-year-long education funding dispute commonly known as Leandro. That means all seven justices will take part in oral arguments on Feb. 22.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Ruling could leave NC families at mercy of ‘woke’ private-school admins

Can parents sue a private school when the school expels their children merely because the parents asked questions about what is being taught and expressed concerns for their children’s health and safety? This is the question currently before the NC Court of Appeals.  Our two children were expelled from their private school, Charlotte Latin, by a...

Doug Turpin
News

Cooper Math: Governor’s anti-scholarship tour fact-checked by education expert

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper hit the road in February on a campaign in eastern North Carolina to blast Opportunity Scholarships, the state’s voucher program that provides a pathway to a private school education for tens of thousands of families across the state. The governor’s office claims that vouchers will have a draconian impact on local...

David N. Bass
Opinion

School finance in NC: It’s time to take the next step

In 2022, North Carolina spent $16.7 billion in state, federal, and local funds on its public schools. Those funds were distributed to local schools using 50 different funding formulas. People frequently focus on how much money was distributed, which is important. Equally important, however, is to evaluate how that money is distributed. In recent years,...

Bob Luebke