Reading educational perspectives from John Hood and the John Locke Foundation is like opening a letter with a nice stamp, a handwritten address, and some hearts drawn on the outside. Yet, once you open it up, what falls out is nothing but glitter. No letter. Nothing really of substance. Just a mess on the floor … Continue reading Don’t Mistake My “Exaggeration” For Your Active Ignorance – A Somewhat Rational Response to the John Locke Foundation
A Third-Person Open Letter to Darrell Allison and the PEFNC – Why Hide Behind the Ambiguity?
Lindsay Wagner’s latest piece for the AJ Fletcher Foundation entitled “Are publicly-funded private school vouchers helping low-income kids? We don’t know” showcases one of the primary redundancies purposefully used by funded “school choice” advocates in the quest to make sure that the best way to argue for “freedom in choosing schools” in North Carolina is … Continue reading A Third-Person Open Letter to Darrell Allison and the PEFNC – Why Hide Behind the Ambiguity?
The Most Enabled Man in Raleigh – North Carolina’s State Superintendent
The July 14th ruling by a three-judge panel in favor of State Supt. Mark Johnson may have been a huge victory on the surface for Johnson’s supporters and those who seek to exert their influence through him and his inexperience. But it is not a real victory for Johnson himself. While the office of the … Continue reading The Most Enabled Man in Raleigh – North Carolina’s State Superintendent
The NCGA’s Plan to Make School Performance Grades Fuel Voucher Expansion
Public Schools First NC (PSFNC.org), an organization that supports advocacy of public education in North Carolina, regularly sends out very informative factoids through social media that give texture to the landscape of the politics associated with public education. With the current recess of the General Assembly after its disastrous budget proposal for public education, … Continue reading The NCGA’s Plan to Make School Performance Grades Fuel Voucher Expansion
Trinity Christian School and Being GRANTed the OPPORTUNITY to Embezzle
Last week’s plea-bargain agreement of the teacher/coach at Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville, NC is yet another outward manifestation of a much deeper condition, a symptom of a bigger problem – fully-funded schools. And the slap on the hand that was received by Heath Curtis Vandevender for embezzling nearly $400,000 of tax-payer money seems to … Continue reading Trinity Christian School and Being GRANTed the OPPORTUNITY to Embezzle
The Stench of SB599 – Raleigh Knows Why We Have a Teacher Shortage. They Created It.
“The overall premise of this bill is to ensure that we have a proper teacher pipeline going into the schools.” - Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R- Wilkes, in response to questions about SB599 on House floor in Raleigh on June 26. Senate Bill 599 is the bill (as Alex Granados from EdNC.org reports), that, “allows organizations … Continue reading The Stench of SB599 – Raleigh Knows Why We Have a Teacher Shortage. They Created It.
Another Reason the North Carolina General Assembly Should Fund Specialties in Elementary Schools
The recent budget that will surely be vetoed by Gov. Cooper did nothing to address specialties in elementary schools in next year’s budget. The fight over class size restriction and keeping the arts in elementary schools will heat up again. Many GOP state lawmakers seem quick to point out that classes such as art, dance, … Continue reading Another Reason the North Carolina General Assembly Should Fund Specialties in Elementary Schools
Robbing Peter to Pave For Paul – Rep. Jon Hardister’s Misguided Amendment for Charter Schools
Robbing Peter to pave for Paul. That’s what a recent amendment from Rep. Jon Hardister would do. According to the News & Observer, A budget amendment from Rep. Jon Hardister, a Greensboro Republican, cuts $2.5 million in road maintenance money to provide grants for charter schools that serve low-income students and want to provide student … Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pave For Paul – Rep. Jon Hardister’s Misguided Amendment for Charter Schools
The North Carolina Senate’s Education Budget and The Rise of “Pathologia Boven Excrementum”
"Frankly, we believe a better use of tax dollars is to move those from an unaccountable bureaucracy and into the classroom where those dollars will actually benefit students." – Sen. Chad Barefoot, May 17th, 2017 (http://www.wral.com/senate-proposes-cutting-8-state-education-staffers-including-42-year-employee/16707728/). The above was stated by Barefoot in response to questions as to why the recent NC Senate budget proposal … Continue reading The North Carolina Senate’s Education Budget and The Rise of “Pathologia Boven Excrementum”
Open Letter to Sen. Chad Barefoot Concerning His Words on HB13
Dear Sen. Barefoot, Your recent comments concerning the stalled House Bill 13 that would help local school districts navigate a stubborn legislative obstacle is yet another example of why so many people who advocate for the constitutionally protected public school system view you as hypocritical and piously partisan. While Guilford County has already served notice … Continue reading Open Letter to Sen. Chad Barefoot Concerning His Words on HB13