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The Department of Education recently proposed new regulations to punish colleges that attract students with misleading claims.
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a testing compliance ultimatum to several states, including North Carolina, and the ultimatum includes the threat of legal action. This activity is tied to controversial re-authorization of No Child Left Behind, known as Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA).
North Carolina's public schools rely on a steady stream of out-of-state teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions and meet the demands of student enrollment growth
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina is among nine states to win approval of its Excellent Educators for All plan by the U.S. Department of Education.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled its controversial College Scorecard website and accompanying data
Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee recently, I was asked by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) if, with respect to higher education, I would favor eliminating the U.S. Department of Education.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a project of the U.S. Department of Education, administers U.S. history, geography, and civics assessments once every four years. In 2014, a representative sample of over 29,000 eighth-grade students from across the nation took one of the...
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...
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) attended a press conference on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, that announced a proposal to allocate an average of 11.2 percent permanent pay raise for North Carolina public school teachers.
For years teachers have felt frustrated because they believe they are underpaid for a mentally and physically demanding job.
The U.S. Department of Education has collected data on teacher shortage areas since the early 1990s.
What high school curriculum best prepares a student for college? Which majors yield the highest-paying jobs? Does being held back in kindergarten ultimately help or hurt lifelong educational performance? A new data collection program may provide the necessary long-term information to...
Student loan defaults continue to cause problems in this country. As recently as 2010, nearly 375,000 students defaulted within two years of beginning repayment. One idea put forward to address the issue involves assigning more responsibility for defaults to colleges and universities themselves...
Madam Chair, Ranking Member Hinojosa, and Distinguished Members of this committee, thank you for this opportunity. The Pell grant program faces two serious problems today: its increasing cost to the taxpayer, and its failure to serve students well. The program is too expensive and too few...
Republicans slashed the education budget, offered teachers no pay raise and passed vouchers to allow kids to take public school dollars to private schools! We're witnessing the dismantling of public education!
In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for many, this core belief shapes their choice of...
In a 2009 Pope Center article, Professor Robert Blumenthal poses several questions to parents and prospective college students: "Does the institution [you're considering] have sufficient financial resources to deliver the education it promises? Does it have sufficient operating funds to provide...
Instruction's Common Core Demystified, (CCD) we confronted DPI's claims that Common Core Standards are state-led and DPI's assertion that teachers will maintain control of the curriculum and how subjects are taught.
On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS).
How many North Carolinians know that public school education in the state is centered around the government's Common Core initiative?
It's official: the federal Departments of Justice and Education have joined together to put an end to free speech on America's campuses. This is not an exaggeration--those government agencies are trying to grab our most basic freedom under the cover of preventing sexual harassment.
The U.S. Department of Education released on Monday state-by-state graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year. North Carolina's rate of 78 percent was tied for 26th-highest in the nation.
Just about everyone agrees on the value and importance of education. North Carolina allocates roughly fifty cents of ever dollar in our state budget to education, and while we appreciate our dedicated teachers and acknowledge the good things happening.
Technological and online tools are revolutionizing education in exciting and near-limitless ways. Web-based documentation means teachers can share on-the-spot editorial input even as student scribes craft essays at home.
In 2012, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will introduce new curricula and standards for all public school students. This will include the new North Carolina Essential Standards for social studies, science, arts education, and world languages, among others.
Along with most other states, North Carolina is in the process of adopting new Common Core national standards for reading and mathematics. The good news is that the Common Core is much better than North Carolina's previously reading and math standards.
Public schooling is the state's single largest, and arguably most important, expenditure. More than one-third of North Carolina's new $20.2 billion General Fund budget is set aside for K-12 education.
Last week the North Carolina General Assembly successfully overrode Gov. Perdue's veto of SB 727- No Dues Checkoff for School Employees.
A new report published this week by the National School Boards Association says that American students spend as much or more time in school as their counterparts in other developed nations.

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