Categories & Tags: Education and Schools

Koch influence on Southern schools remains in the spotlight   |   January 14, 2016
A recent Facing South investigation revealed that right-wing industrialist Charles Koch gave more than $108 million to 366 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2014, with...

 

VOICES: Why contingent faculty are organizing at Duke University   |   December 18, 2015
By MJ Sharp I've had the pleasure of teaching Duke undergraduates for just a few years now, but that has been long enough to see the disconnect between how the academy...

 

Charles Koch gave $90 million to influence higher ed in the South   |   December 3, 2015
Last month, the provost of Western Carolina University in North Carolina asked the public school's chancellor to approve an academic center funded by the Charles Koch...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The harsh treatment of black girls in the South's public schools   |   October 30, 2015
Date on which the FBI and the Justice Department announced they were opening an investigation into the violent arrest of a 16-year-old African-American girl identified as Shakara...

 

UNC student behind 9/11 course controversy connected to Art Pope think tank that aims to slash non-Western classes   |   September 8, 2015
Alec Dent, an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, made headlines recently for an article he wrote for the conservative website The College Fix in...

 

Proceed with caution: Lessons from New Orleans' charter school takeover   |   August 27, 2015
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans did something unprecedented: The local school system fired all of its teachers and staff and converted almost all of its schools...

 

Georgia is segregating troublesome kids in schools used during Jim Crow   |   August 5, 2015
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down...

 

VOICES: UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens   |   July 3, 2015
By Gene Nichol I've been blessed with a long and varied academic career. But none of my efforts has approached the extraordinary honor of working, side by side for the past...

 

Analysis reveals urban-rural divide in poverty in Southern schools   |   May 15, 2015
The South has some of the highest rates of low-income students in public schools. Since the 2004-2005 school year, the majority of the region's public school students have...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules   |   May 13, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of...

 

Deep-pocketed network pushes to expand vouchers in North Carolina   |   April 16, 2015
In a few months, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could quadruple in size, according to Wake County GOP Rep. Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Hostile state and federal policies threaten historically black colleges   |   February 18, 2015
Number of South Carolina State University supporters who rallied this week against a Republican legislative proposal to close the financially troubled, historically black school...

 

Charter school chain finally discloses salaries -- with one missing   |   November 20, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Last week, it appeared that a North Carolina charter school chain had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it...

 

North Carolina tells charter-school chain it can't keep administrator salaries secret   |   November 7, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica The North Carolina State Board of Education has issued a warning to a charter-school chain for failing to comply with an agency order to disclose the...

 

The South needs to build an 'infrastructure of opportunity' for its youth   |   October 21, 2014
By Alyson Zandt, MDC A young person born at the bottom of the income ladder in the South is less likely to move up it as an adult than in any other region in the nation. Some of...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: As diversity in schools increases, so does segregation   |   August 29, 2014
Year that public schools in the United States are projected to become majority minority: 2014 Year that public schools in the South* became majority minority: 2008 Percent...

 

The Big Money for and against school vouchers in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2014
On Aug. 21, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the state's private school voucher program is unconstitutional. The decision was a setback for a...

 

Read the fiery ruling striking down NC school voucher program   |   August 28, 2014
Last week a North Carolina judge struck down a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that sought to award taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

The South's child well-being crisis   |   July 22, 2014
A new report looks at the well-being of children by state and finds those living in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest are facing especially difficult conditions that put...

 

In desegregation case, judge blasts school officials and Justice Department   |   July 15, 2014
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A federal judge in Alabama has taken the rare step of ruling against a local school board in a desegregation case, rejecting the board's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Gambling away the future of North Carolina schools   |   June 13, 2014
North Carolina's estimated national ranking in average salary for public school teachers this year: 48 The average estimated salary for the state's public school teachers...