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On March 31, the North Carolina Senate passed the hugely controversial SB 387, titled the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, by a margin of 48 senators in favor, none opposed.
On March 31, the North Carolina Senate passed the hugely controversial SB 387, titled the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, by a margin of 48 senators in favor, none opposed.
 
I’m an avid reader — someone who reads every night and never goes anywhere without a book.
I’m an avid reader — someone who reads every night and never goes anywhere without a book.
 
Earlier this month, I was honored to attend “North Carolina and the Science of Reading,” an event sponsored by the Charlotte-based Belk Foundation.
Earlier this month, I was honored to attend “North Carolina and the Science of Reading,” an event sponsored by the Charlotte-based Belk Foundation.
 
North Carolina ranks 12th in the nation for how it prepares teachers to teach children to read, a new report shows.
North Carolina ranks 12th in the nation for how it prepares teachers to teach children to read, a new report shows.
 
A court has rejected an attempt by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and Istation for it to intervene in a dispute over a K-3 reading tool contract.
A court has rejected an attempt by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and Istation for it to intervene in a dispute over a K-3 reading tool contract.
 
Do people still read books? It depends on whom you ask. A Wall Street Journal Article posed the question differently: "Does the Book Have a Future?"
Do people still read books? It depends on whom you ask. A Wall Street Journal Article posed the question differently: "Does the Book Have a Future?"
 
The children in the study were all enrolled in the first, second or third grade at the time of the testing, which was done in British Columbia
The children in the study were all enrolled in the first, second or third grade at the time of the testing, which was done in British Columbia
 
The school year may be halfway over — or more — before the contract dispute between competing reading diagnostic companies is resolved, leaving students at public schools in limbo.
The school year may be halfway over — or more — before the contract dispute between competing reading diagnostic companies is resolved, leaving students at public schools in limbo.
 
Newly released school performance grades show reading scores have remained stagnant despite millions spent on reading interventions.
Newly released school performance grades show reading scores have remained stagnant despite millions spent on reading interventions.
 
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
 
As most N.C. public schools prepared to open a new academic year, teachers have temporarily lost access to a key diagnostic tool to evaluate students’ reading skills.
As most N.C. public schools prepared to open a new academic year, teachers have temporarily lost access to a key diagnostic tool to evaluate students’ reading skills.
 
The Department of Public Instruction has reaffirmed its decision to award the K-3 reading diagnostic tool to Istation, despite a chorus of criticism from some Democratic lawmakers, educational activists, and the previous contract holder, Amplify.
The Department of Public Instruction has reaffirmed its decision to award the K-3 reading diagnostic tool to Istation, despite a chorus of criticism from some Democratic lawmakers, educational activists, and the previous contract holder, Amplify.
 
A dispute over a K-3 reading contract is heating up after the company at the center of the controversy, Istation, sent a cease-and-desist letter to three people who have publicly criticized a decision to grant the contract to Istation.
A dispute over a K-3 reading contract is heating up after the company at the center of the controversy, Istation, sent a cease-and-desist letter to three people who have publicly criticized a decision to grant the contract to Istation.
 
Many colleges assign “common readings” to incoming students as an intellectual experience outside the classroom to set the bar for the academic rigor that professors expect of students. This tradition is most students’ first taste of the university.
Many colleges assign “common readings” to incoming students as an intellectual experience outside the classroom to set the bar for the academic rigor that professors expect of students. This tradition is most students’ first taste of the university.
 
During a Friday, June 28, conference call, the State Board of Education agreed to delay implementing Istation, the state’s newly picked K-3 reading diagnostic tool.
During a Friday, June 28, conference call, the State Board of Education agreed to delay implementing Istation, the state’s newly picked K-3 reading diagnostic tool.
 
As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher education’s mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their personal beliefs, have become more contentious, too.
As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher education’s mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their personal beliefs, have become more contentious, too.
 
In a world accustomed to skimming and scanning, what promotes deep reading? Paper or screen? Does the medium matter?
In a world accustomed to skimming and scanning, what promotes deep reading? Paper or screen? Does the medium matter?
 
North Carolina just added a new layer of meaning to its motto, First in Flight. This time the state is the first in the nation to get campus free speech off the runway
North Carolina just added a new layer of meaning to its motto, First in Flight. This time the state is the first in the nation to get campus free speech off the runway
 
Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time - free and fallow - beckons
Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time - free and fallow - beckons
 
I'm fond of saying, "A girl can never have too many books," and I'll add, "A girl should never pass up an opportunity to buy more!"
I'm fond of saying, "A girl can never have too many books," and I'll add, "A girl should never pass up an opportunity to buy more!"
 
I've never needed an excuse to read; I've more often felt the need to defend my early to bed reading habit.
I've never needed an excuse to read; I've more often felt the need to defend my early to bed reading habit.
 
The BCN Search function default needs reset. Let us search for BIRD ARTICLES.
The BCN Search function default needs reset. Let us search for BIRD ARTICLES.
 
I realize that this is Foolishness of the first order but let your mind wander with me a moment.
I realize that this is Foolishness of the first order but let your mind wander with me a moment.
 
The Pope Center, for the most part, is about policy. Our mission is to conceive and promote policies that will improve higher education
The Pope Center, for the most part, is about policy. Our mission is to conceive and promote policies that will improve higher education
 
The smartest man who ever lived in the entire history of humankind on the face of the earth is about to publish an open email to every email address in the entire world.
The smartest man who ever lived in the entire history of humankind on the face of the earth is about to publish an open email to every email address in the entire world.
 
Every two years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administers rigorous math and reading tests to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students from each state and Washington, D.C. NAEP occasionally administers assessments covering other subjects, grade-levels...
Every two years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administers rigorous math and reading tests to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students from each state and Washington, D.C. NAEP occasionally administers assessments covering other subjects, grade-levels...
 
If one is looking for clues regarding what universities think a college education should be about, one obvious place to look is their freshman summer reading programs
If one is looking for clues regarding what universities think a college education should be about, one obvious place to look is their freshman summer reading programs
 
Three Beaufort County Early College High School students have been recognized for their writing efforts by the North Carolina Reading Association. Those cited are sophomores ToneAsia Roberson of Washington and Zach Sireci of Blounts Creek and junior Rebecca Williams of Washington. Each student...
Three Beaufort County Early College High School students have been recognized for their writing efforts by the North Carolina Reading Association. Those cited are sophomores ToneAsia Roberson of Washington and Zach Sireci of Blounts Creek and junior Rebecca Williams of Washington. Each student...
 
In "NeverEnding Story," a 1984 film loosely based on a fantasy novel by the German author Michael Ende, a boy reads about a land called Fantasia that is being erased by...
In "NeverEnding Story," a 1984 film loosely based on a fantasy novel by the German author Michael Ende, a boy reads about a land called Fantasia that is being erased by...
 
General education is not given the respect and attention it deserves in the great majority of US colleges and universities, North Carolina State University included. Largely because of campus politics, political correctness, and pandering to students, at most colleges it has become an academic...
General education is not given the respect and attention it deserves in the great majority of US colleges and universities, North Carolina State University included. Largely because of campus politics, political correctness, and pandering to students, at most colleges it has become an academic...
 
Three years after the revelation that UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies Department offered no-show classes, the Carolina community is still grappling with academic-athletic scandals at the North Carolina flagship.
Three years after the revelation that UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies Department offered no-show classes, the Carolina community is still grappling with academic-athletic scandals at the North Carolina flagship.
 
Should prisoners have access to higher education while incarcerated? If so, should that access be funded by taxpayers? Those questions were raised after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in February that he wanted to create a state-run college program for prison inmates.
Should prisoners have access to higher education while incarcerated? If so, should that access be funded by taxpayers? Those questions were raised after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in February that he wanted to create a state-run college program for prison inmates.
 
The first week of February brought Wayne County mother Jennifer Strickland an eye-popping surprise. A letter from the principal indicated that one of her twin boys — a stellar, straight-A student reading at an almost sixth-grade level — was in danger of being retained in third grade...
The first week of February brought Wayne County mother Jennifer Strickland an eye-popping surprise. A letter from the principal indicated that one of her twin boys — a stellar, straight-A student reading at an almost sixth-grade level — was in danger of being retained in third grade...
 
I'm talking about the political struggle over North Carolina's 3rd-grade reading standard, not the violent struggle between Paul Newman and the prison warden in "Cool Hand Luke." Nevertheless, the consequences could be severe if North Carolina's dispute isn't resolved. Any resolution, in turn...
I'm talking about the political struggle over North Carolina's 3rd-grade reading standard, not the violent struggle between Paul Newman and the prison warden in "Cool Hand Luke." Nevertheless, the consequences could be severe if North Carolina's dispute isn't resolved. Any resolution, in turn...
 
With all of the attention focused recently on ensuring that North Carolina public school students are able to read at grade level by the end of the third grade, perhaps now is a good time to put forward a brief test of adult reading comprehension.
With all of the attention focused recently on ensuring that North Carolina public school students are able to read at grade level by the end of the third grade, perhaps now is a good time to put forward a brief test of adult reading comprehension.
 
Thankfully, much is being made of Heather Mac Donald's recent piece, "The Humanities and Us," in the City Journal. She illustrates the decline of college English departments, where "gender, sexuality, race, and class" have taken over Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare. The radicals of the...
Thankfully, much is being made of Heather Mac Donald's recent piece, "The Humanities and Us," in the City Journal. She illustrates the decline of college English departments, where "gender, sexuality, race, and class" have taken over Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare. The radicals of the...
 
Every passionate reader has a first literary love - that first book that captured your attention and inspired your desire to explore and understand.
Every passionate reader has a first literary love - that first book that captured your attention and inspired your desire to explore and understand.
 
During the 1990s, North Carolina's public schools posted some of the strongest performance gains in the country on independent reading and math tests. Democrats and Republicans took pride in the accomplishment and vied for the credit. Over the past decade, however, the trend has been markedly...
During the 1990s, North Carolina's public schools posted some of the strongest performance gains in the country on independent reading and math tests. Democrats and Republicans took pride in the accomplishment and vied for the credit. Over the past decade, however, the trend has been markedly...
 
The N.C. Community College System recently released its annual Developmental Enrollment of High School Graduates report.
 
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