Civitas Review

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    Quality Counts 2016: NC Score: C-

    Posted in Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , ,

    Earlier this week Education Week released Quality Counts 2016. ( subscription required)  The report gives overall grades and scores to states based on criteria such as chances for success, K-12 achievement and school finance.  In 2016, the nation received an overall  grade of C (74.4), the same letter grade as last year. North Carolina received […]

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    NC adds 2,200 more NBPTS teachers

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    Today the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced the state has 2,277 more newly-certified National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) teachers.  The 2010 awardees  bring the state's total of NBPTS teachers to 17,957,  by far the largest number of such teachers of any state. Excuse me if I’m not doing cartwheels. While, I’m a big […]

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    Alves Plan: new criteria, same old problems

    Posted in Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , ,

    That the Wake County School Board is splitting along partisan lines on whether to use test schools in deciding where children attend school is not news.   All the buzz is about a plan put forth by school consultant Michael Alves that uses test scores — in place of socioeconomic diversity — as one four […]

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    More money for public school jobs?

    Posted in Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    In an insightful article on Big Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute cuts right to the heart of why we shouldn’t be spending another $23 billion to save public school jobs.  Over the past forty years, public school employment has risen 10 times faster than enrollment. There are only 9 percent more students today, but nearly […]

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