In a fit of legislative hocus-pocus, the same Perdue regime which left NC $3.5 billion in debt and cut funding to schools passed Senate Bill 704[i] in the twilight hours of 100 years of Democrat control in May, 2010.
The 553-word SB704, with an ungainly 248-word title, pretends to offer a fix for incompetent local school boards that breed “continually low-performing schools.” Continue reading
The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) developed and teaches a classical history curriculum for the schools that it manages. I have been asked frequently how the RBA “classical history” curriculum differs from a typical “social studies” curriculum, so I would like to share my thoughts on how one might view the difference. (With apologies to our Dean of ELA and History.)
It is 100% ORGANIC. Continue reading
Congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for making ongoing contributions to education, and
supporting the ideals and goals of the 16th annual National Charter Schools Week, to be held May 3 through May 9, 2015.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 6, 2015
CURRICULUM CRITIQUE: SCOTT, FORESMAN’S “DISCOVER SCIENCE”
[When organizing some digital archives on this rainy Saturday, I came across this paper that I had written in the early 1990’s while taking a course for a lateral entry teaching certificate. I don’t know if this particular series is still around, but things have not changed very much. I do know that the disdain for using any math in an elementary science text is even more prevailing today than 20 years ago. ]
Texas Edition, 1991; Grades 1-6; Specific Comments refer to the Sixth Grade Text Continue reading
When free-enterprise solutions are unleashed in a competitive environment controlled by local parental choice not remote bureaucratic dictates, both students and taxpayers win.
A charter school in Southeastern North Carolina has a 15-year time-tested model for Continue reading
[The following is the text of a brief address that I gave to an assembly of students at Charter Day School, Leland, NC in 2004. I have repeated it several times since and now share it with you on the anthem’s 200th anniversary.]
Our 20th President James Garfield said that freedom and justice can only stand on the foundation of a well-educated citizenry. In a moment we will sing our country’s national anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner” – so perhaps it is fitting to review for you boys and girls the heritage represented by this song. Continue reading
Reprinted from: Carolina Journal News Reports
University of Arkansas researchers also refute claim of cherry-picking students
Jul. 29th, 2014
One finding of the report refutes critics who have claimed North Carolina charters cherry-pick the best students from district schools. To the contrary, the report concludes that charter schools serve higher levels of minority, low-income, and special-needs students than their traditional public school counterparts. Continue reading
Print media company refuses to use brain.
PR – 2014 06 10 re Starnews article
Governments by Open Records: The original purpose of transparency through Open Meetings and Public Records and LEA salary disclosures is that these laws applied to the governments which made the rules and controlled the public’s money– the governments, whether state (the legislature and executive branch and DPI), county, or city. These entities needed transparency in their operations so the public could see what was going on between elections and adjust their votes accordingly. The people in the voting booths were the only check or balance on these government entities. Oversight of government rests with an informed public who elects the government, and who have no choices, otherwise.
Corporations by Contracts: The need for transparency as it may apply to private corporations is quite different. The government has the discretion to make contracts or award grants to private corporations to accomplish certain ends. The government retains the right, through its contracts or grants to terminate the contract or cancel the grant if the ends envisioned are not being achieved. The need for transparency is superfluous because the government can cancel the grant or contract if the resulting performance does not meet the specifications. The public does not vote on the contractor, vendor, or supplier. Oversight of contracts and grants rests with the government which issues these contracts and grants and which has many choices for promoting its ends.