Category Archives: Education – K-12

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

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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 … Continue reading

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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, 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 … Continue reading

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Prepositions last? Why never.

The purpose of language is to convey ideas. Whether written or spoken, our use should maximize clarity.

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Let My People Go: Removing the Shackles of Academic Jim Crow

On Wednesday March 29, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, gave a thoughtful speech before the Brookings Institution.  She appropriately noted that, “parents know what is best for their kids. No parent should be denied the opportunity to send his … Continue reading

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Forced bussing hides failed curriculum, instruction. What succeeds?

Guest Opinion, By Lindalyn Kakadelis, Senior Consultant Wilmington, NC – School Superintendent Tim Markley’s “confidential,” memo laments his inability to raise scores of black students in schools with majority populations of minority and low-income students.  The only option left to him, … Continue reading

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DPI calculations reveal NC public charters better serve 12 of 13 student groups

Charters outscore in 12 of 13 demographic categories on state tests Newly released academic testing data from NC’s Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) reveal that NC’s public charter school students significantly outperform peers in traditional public schools in 12 of 13 … Continue reading

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HB242 Tightens SBE Scrutiny of Charter Schools – House should concur.

June 22, 2016 The Honorable Tim Moore, Speaker of the House The Honorable Larry D. Hall, Democrat Leader N.C. House of Representatives 16 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Re: House Bill 242 Dear Speaker Moore and Representative Hall: Please … Continue reading

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Judge Clarence Thomas on the “Heroic Virtues”

The following is an excerpt from Judge Thomas’ Feb. 13, 2001 Boyer lecture at the American Enterprise Institute’s Annual Dinner.  His lecture was entitled “Be Not Afraid,” and he addresses our tendency for self-censorship. “This tendency [for self-censorship], in large … Continue reading

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If a tree falls in the forest and no media carries the story …?

If a tree falls in the forest and no media carries the story, did the tree really fall? If public charter students test the highest and no media carries the story, did the public charter students really test the highest? … Continue reading

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