Category Archives: Education – K-12

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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Achieving the Shift to On-Line

Why Many Charter Schools Were Better Prepared for Covid-19 By Baker A. MitchellMay 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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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

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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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