Incident on the Maco Line

Joe worked all day with shovel in hand,
Digging a hole on the back of our land.
Behind our cabin so neat and tight,
Now he carries her out and lays her low
With trembling voice and words said slow
He covers her up and goes in for the night.

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Why Johnny Still Can’t Read

Why Johnny Still Can’t Read

By BAKER A. MITCHELL JR.     October 10, 2020 6:30 AM


Public schools are passing students who can’t read at any level — all to avoid blaming teachers, lawmakers, and bureaucrats.

 Public schools from coast to coast are failing to teach young students the most basic skill they need to succeed in school and life: reading. This failure is widespread, tragic, and mostly unnecessary. We know how to teach reading, but many school administrators refuse to use the proven methods.

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Teachers’ unions focus on politics rather than educating children

Teachers’ unions focus on politics rather than educating children

The ‘can’t do’ attitude of unions gets in the way, while charter schools remain in crosshairs. Continue reading

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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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