Achieving the Shift to On-Line

Why Many Charter Schools Were Better Prepared for Covid-19

By Baker A. Mitchell
May 29, 2020

“U.S. schools were not prepared for an overnight shift to virtual learning,” USA Today reported recently, a fact that became obvious to most parents as soon as schools were shut down by the pandemic. In fact, however, some schools—including many charter schools—were better prepared than most traditional public schools. 

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Biden’s Dilemma

OPINION: Will Biden stand with black parents on charter schools or with the NEA?

by Baker A. Mitchell | March 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Joe Biden’s endorsement by the National Education Association, America’s largest union, puts the likely Democratic nominee in this year’s presidential election on a potential collision course with some of his party’s most loyal supporters: African American and Hispanic voters who support charter schools and other school choice options.

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The Smear Campaign Against Charters


The Smear Campaign Against Charters

Far from being ‘resegregated,’ some of our schools are actually majority-minority—and that’s by parents’ free choice.

By Baker A. Mitchell, WSJ|Opinion, Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 pm ET,

Leland, NC    With a new school year ahead, the attacks on charter schools have begun anew. In North Carolina we’re hearing outrageous charges of racism. A public-television commentator claimed recently that “resegregation” was the purpose of charter schools “from the start.” Continue reading

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USA, be my Valentine!

A slightly belated Valentine to my true love – The USA.

Fear and greed are natural instincts and do not need to be taught. However, the survival of our republic depends upon our loving our country, and the basis for this love must be taught – it is not instinctive.  Our Founders knew this to be empirically true.   Continue reading

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News Alert: Malaria Epidemic Boosts Economy

Some of you have asked, “So Professor World-Renowned Biocomputer Expert, what was the problem with the malaria study that got you a three-week trip to  the University of Buenos Aires Medical School – courtesy of the Pan American World Health Organization?” Continue reading

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NY’s Free Medical School Tuition – Good, correct?

What has been the experience of others who have had tuition-free medical schools?  Indelible memories of a trip south may have predictive value.

Buenos Aires, 1972

As Chief of Bioengineering for the University of Texas Cancer Research Center, Anderson Hospital in Houston, I had been asked by the Pan American World Health Organization (PA-WHO) to consult with the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Medical School on a problem they were having with their computer analysis of data in a large multi-national study of the economic effects of malaria epidemics.

UBA Med School

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Summary of NC Supreme Court on SBE Cases

I am posting this internal email by RBA’s Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Erik Root because I felt others would be interested in the one-two smack-down of the State Board of Education by the NC Supreme Court. – Baker Mitchell Continue reading

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Durham Public Schools gains money even while charters grow:

 

Government audits reveal win-win for education and choice

Government audits[i] [ii] undisputedly prove that Durham Public Schools’ total revenue increased for its students in 2017 over 2016 despite a slight decrease in enrollment. Both revenue statements and balance sheet items support the reality that DPS and its students gained financially from 2016 to 2017 by numerous measures. The total revenue for its students increased by more than $6.5 million and the enrollment decreased by 354 students.  Continue reading

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MITCHELL: Nearer, my bank, to thee: state and local taxes must remain deductible

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn walk after meeting with Republican law makers about tax reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Russell Kirk’s eighth conservative principle teaches us that the more local the power and decision-making, the better we are served.  Because tax revenue confers power on the collector, taxation at the local level is much preferred to taxation at the national level.

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How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture

By  Patrick Deneen, February 2, 2016

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy,

Dr. Patrick Deneen

mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.

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