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Now is a good time for lemonade. At least thatís true of metaphorical lemonade squeezed from lifeís lemons.
Now is a good time for lemonade. At least thatís true of metaphorical lemonade squeezed from lifeís lemons.
 
Legislators returned to Raleigh last week for the beginning of a special session. Education was at the top of the agenda, with the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday to discuss various changes to North Carolina's K-12 programs
Legislators returned to Raleigh last week for the beginning of a special session. Education was at the top of the agenda, with the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday to discuss various changes to North Carolina's K-12 programs
 
Since 2011, the Republican-led General Assembly has enacted transformational reforms
 
Universities have by and large rendered themselves unable to be policed-sometimes quite literally-and that has not gone unnoticed by the legislators who fund them
Universities have by and large rendered themselves unable to be policed-sometimes quite literally-and that has not gone unnoticed by the legislators who fund them
 
In his budget to the legislature, set to be presented tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper will announce an ambitious and forward-thinking education plan to make North Carolina a "Top 10 Educated State" by 2025
In his budget to the legislature, set to be presented tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper will announce an ambitious and forward-thinking education plan to make North Carolina a "Top 10 Educated State" by 2025
 
Accreditation is supposed to act as a quality guarantee for colleges and universities, but it works very poorly
Accreditation is supposed to act as a quality guarantee for colleges and universities, but it works very poorly
 
During her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton argued that his "free college" promise went too far. Now, however, Clinton has come out with a plan to make public colleges and universities free for families who earn less than $125,000 annually.
During her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton argued that his "free college" promise went too far. Now, however, Clinton has come out with a plan to make public colleges and universities free for families who earn less than $125,000 annually.
 
There are many reasons for North Carolinians to be proud of the statewide education reforms implemented over the last five years.
There are many reasons for North Carolinians to be proud of the statewide education reforms implemented over the last five years.
 
In Donald Trump's America working families get tax relief, millions of new jobs created, wages go up, small businesses thrive, and the American dream is achievable.
In Donald Trump's America working families get tax relief, millions of new jobs created, wages go up, small businesses thrive, and the American dream is achievable.
 
Conservatives Should Support Achievement Districts
 
Seemingly, nothing now stands between Hillary Clinton and the Democratic nomination, so it's worth looking anew at her proposals regarding higher education
Seemingly, nothing now stands between Hillary Clinton and the Democratic nomination, so it's worth looking anew at her proposals regarding higher education
 
While teacher pay raises headlined education issues during North Carolina's 2016-17 legislative session, several other key policy changes were packed into the K-12 agenda, including measures that will provide performance-based bonuses for top educators across the state
While teacher pay raises headlined education issues during North Carolina's 2016-17 legislative session, several other key policy changes were packed into the K-12 agenda, including measures that will provide performance-based bonuses for top educators across the state
 
Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line
Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line
 
The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion.
The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion.
 
The end of the school year is in sight, which means that North Carolinians will be subjected to a slew of "take this job and shove it" missives from the state's public school teachers. As usual, the attention given to them will be overblown.
The end of the school year is in sight, which means that North Carolinians will be subjected to a slew of "take this job and shove it" missives from the state's public school teachers. As usual, the attention given to them will be overblown.
 
Two of the state's most powerful lawmakers are perplexed that their education reform bill passed unanimously in the House but immediately was assigned to the Senate's Ways and Means Committee, a graveyard for legislation.
Two of the state's most powerful lawmakers are perplexed that their education reform bill passed unanimously in the House but immediately was assigned to the Senate's Ways and Means Committee, a graveyard for legislation.
 
When the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its first comprehensive review of education programs in 2013, many K-12 education reformers were enthusiastic. Prominent news coverage and support from school superintendents called attention to the need to improve teacher preparation.
When the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its first comprehensive review of education programs in 2013, many K-12 education reformers were enthusiastic. Prominent news coverage and support from school superintendents called attention to the need to improve teacher preparation.
 
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
 
Earl Jones wants to win back the North Carolina House District 60 seat he lost four years ago, but will have to defeat Cecil Brockman, a campaign strategist who helped to oust him from the General Assembly, and David Small, a youthful small business owner.
Earl Jones wants to win back the North Carolina House District 60 seat he lost four years ago, but will have to defeat Cecil Brockman, a campaign strategist who helped to oust him from the General Assembly, and David Small, a youthful small business owner.
 
Tax reform goes into effect in 2014, lowering tax rates for every individual and corporation in the state. Regular review and routine repeal of burdensome regulations will begin to loosen government's grip on businesses, signaling that North Carolina is again open for business and welcomes entrepren
Tax reform goes into effect in 2014, lowering tax rates for every individual and corporation in the state. Regular review and routine repeal of burdensome regulations will begin to loosen government's grip on businesses, signaling that North Carolina is again open for business and welcomes entrepren
 
You can reform particular organizations †-† a university or a department †-† but you cannot reform education as a whole. Why? Because education is a spontaneous order.
You can reform particular organizations †-† a university or a department †-† but you cannot reform education as a whole. Why? Because education is a spontaneous order.
 
A memorable example dates back to March 4, 1999, when the governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the results of national reading exams. They showed that North Carolina was one of only five states that posted significant gains in 4th-grade reading...
A memorable example dates back to March 4, 1999, when the governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the results of national reading exams. They showed that North Carolina was one of only five states that posted significant gains in 4th-grade reading...
 
Lawmakers adopted a 2013-14 budget conference report authorizing $7.9 billion in General Fund spending on K-12 education, which is up 4.8 percent over the $7.5 billion budget enacted for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Lawmakers adopted a 2013-14 budget conference report authorizing $7.9 billion in General Fund spending on K-12 education, which is up 4.8 percent over the $7.5 billion budget enacted for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
 
Governor Pat McCrory called on North Carolina's education leaders to increase their production of community college and university graduates as well as devise more innovative methods to increase teacher pay.
Governor Pat McCrory called on North Carolina's education leaders to increase their production of community college and university graduates as well as devise more innovative methods to increase teacher pay.
 
Once again we hear calls for education reform and like many issues there is some right and some wrong in what is being discussed.
Once again we hear calls for education reform and like many issues there is some right and some wrong in what is being discussed.
 
N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger Tuesday unveiled the second phase of his education reform agenda, calling for an end to teacher tenure, placing a greater emphasis on literacy, pushing for accountability in...
N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger Tuesday unveiled the second phase of his education reform agenda, calling for an end to teacher tenure, placing a greater emphasis on literacy, pushing for accountability in...
 
North Carolina conservatives have embraced parental choice and competition as indispensable elements of education reform for decades. Now that conservatives are in the majority in state government, you can expect more proposals to...
North Carolina conservatives have embraced parental choice and competition as indispensable elements of education reform for decades. Now that conservatives are in the majority in state government, you can expect more proposals to...
 
The higher education reform world is starting to get crowded. It seems as if every time you blink your eyes, there's a new organization or website focusing on the reform of higher education.
The higher education reform world is starting to get crowded. It seems as if every time you blink your eyes, there's a new organization or website focusing on the reform of higher education.
 
Excitement about school choice is helping to remake North Carolina public and private schools. Enrollment in charter schools is exploding.
Excitement about school choice is helping to remake North Carolina public and private schools. Enrollment in charter schools is exploding.
 
The 2012 short session of the General Assembly saw some proposed reforms to the public schools move forward, while others lacked the political support to advance.
The 2012 short session of the General Assembly saw some proposed reforms to the public schools move forward, while others lacked the political support to advance.
 
Republicans in the General Assembly think they can fix what's wrong with our public schools. Here we go again.
 
While Republican Senate leader Phil Berger introduced a comprehensive education reform package at the opening of this year's short legislative session, his GOP House colleagues are offering more limited, targeted changes in school policy.
While Republican Senate leader Phil Berger introduced a comprehensive education reform package at the opening of this year's short legislative session, his GOP House colleagues are offering more limited, targeted changes in school policy.
 
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