Opinion

Schools are moving to ban smart phones in class. Research suggests it’s the right move.

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s new book, “The Anxious Generation,” lays out the latest research on what constant screen time is doing to America’s youth. And the trends are very troubling. Haidt shows how mental health problems, sleep deprivation, social isolation, suicide attempts, and attention fragmentation have all spiked among youth and suggests a direct link to...

David Larson
News

State Supreme Court still weighing Gaston schools’ SAFE Child Act appeal

North Carolina’s highest court has made no final decision about taking up the Gaston County school board’s appeal of a ruling upholding the SAFE Child Act as constitutional. The court dismissed three of four pending appeals Wednesday. A fourth appeal remains active.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Wrong, Mr. Stephens. I do not overlook exceptional students, like my own

In response to a recent Carolina Journal opinion piece written by Glen Stephens, who acknowledges the poor record of North Carolina’s services to its academically and physically challenged students, let me say, I share your frustration. I have a child with developmental and academic challenges. Public schools could not accommodate my child’s unique learning needs,...

Michele Morrow
News

Pilot program enables NC high school students to explore tech fields

North Carolina lawmakers recently authorized pilot programs in 17 high schools across the state with the intention of encouraging more students to pursue high-tech careers. On Tuesday, a joint legislative committee heard an update on the results so far. The pilot programs are housed under the SparkNC label. In 2023, lawmakers OK’ed $3 million in funding...

David N. Bass

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Opinion

Time for NC colleges and universities to look beyond SACS for accreditation

Two new policy briefs from the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal take aim at college and university accreditation. On Feb. 25, the Martin Center released its first brief, “It’s Time for More States to Sack SACS,” by Adam Kissel. Kissel was deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs at the US Department of...

Ashlynn Warta
News

Private schools drop appeal in Opportunity Scholarships case

Sixteen private schools in Cumberland and Durham counties have withdrawn their appeal of trial court rulings in a now-dismissed lawsuit that targeted North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Among the challenged rulings was one that blocked the schools from seeking more than $25,000 in sanctions against scholarship critics. A court document filed Monday mentions a settlement agreement.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Students with disabilities forgotten in extreme political battles

According to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 2022-2023 assessment data, there is not a single assessed subject in which even 40% of North Carolina’s students with disabilities scored “Grade Level Proficient” or above. Stated another way, in 2022-2023, 84.3% of North Carolina’s students with disabilities could not read proficiently in grades 3 through 8,...

Glen Stephens
News

State’s highest court rejects fired UNC professor’s ‘whistleblower’ suit

The North Carolina Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a fired University of North Carolina professor who claimed to be a whistleblower. Without comment, the state’s highest court rejected Richard Semelka’s petition to review a June 2023 ruling from the state Court of Appeals.

CJ Staff