Categories & Tags: public schools

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...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The worsening poverty crisis in the South's public schools   |   October 17, 2013
Number of states in which the majority of public school children were low income in 2011, meaning they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches: 17 Of those 17 states,...

 

NC local elections find students fired up to fight rights rollbacks   |   October 10, 2013
If the local elections that took place across North Carolina this week are any indication, the Republican effort to roll back voting rights in the state and enact other regressive...

 

Shedding light on the legacy of segregation in North Carolina   |   September 18, 2013
As attorneys with the University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights carried out their work of advocating for low-wealth and minority communities across the state,...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

Politicians mislead on NC voucher program   |   August 6, 2013
By Christopher Hill, NC Policy Watch One of the things people rightfully dislike about their government is when they are not told the truth. Sadly, in the ongoing debate about...

 

How not to respond to peaceful protesters: Lessons from North Carolina politicians   |   June 12, 2013
In their sixth week now, the Moral Monday protests against the North Carolina General Assembly's far-right agenda show no signs of stopping any time soon -- and in fact, the...

 

School vouchers: A pathway toward fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars   |   April 25, 2013
By Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch School vouchers and related efforts like tax credits, scholarship grants, and education savings accounts have become popular tools of the...

 

Another race case for a hostile Supreme Court   |   April 2, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Little doubt exists that the Supreme Court's most conservative justices want to do away with affirmative action and other race-conscious...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

NC judge tosses law that represented GOP revenge against public school employees   |   January 7, 2013
A law passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature to punish the state teachers' association for fighting education budget cuts has been thrown out as...

 

Just how extreme is North Carolina's new Lt. Governor?   |   December 7, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina will have a new and very different Lt. Governor come January. Dan Forest is an extremely conservative Republican from Raleigh who...

 

James Meredith, still a loner, still on a mission, 50 years later   |   October 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – James Meredith's new book, A Mission from God, co-authored with William Doyle, sometimes reads like the opening confession in...

 

The South faces growing school segregation   |   September 25, 2012
Despite declining residential segregation for black families in the United States, school segregation for black students remains very high -- and it is increasing most...

 

Vouchers no quick fix for disabled students in Louisiana   |   August 22, 2012
By Zoe Sullivan, New America Media Last April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a new voucher program considered to be the most sweeping in the country. For years,...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

Southern states get failing grades for school funding fairness   |   June 28, 2012
Many states are failing to provide public schools with the resources they need to serve all students equitably, and Florida and North Carolina doing a particularly poor job in...

 

VOICES: Privatizing America for their majesty, Kings Charles and David Koch   |   February 17, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- I'm having this nightmare, a kind of weird, modern-day version of the movie I Walked With A Zombie. Armies of well-dressed, fresh...

 

Feds provide welcome guidance on use of race and poverty in school assignment   |   December 15, 2011
By Matt Ellinwood, NC Policy Watch As the recent battles over school re-segregation in various North Carolina school districts make clear, the use of race and poverty in school...

 

NC voters reject Pope-backed candidates in local school board battle over resegregation   |   October 12, 2011
Voters in Wake County, N.C. headed to the polls yesterday in high numbers to reject a slate of conservative Republican Board of Education candidates who opposed a longstanding...

 

Video spotlights Koch brothers' role in N.C. school segregation fight   |   August 15, 2011
The role that the conservative billionaire Koch brothers' money has played in an ongoing fight over the re-segregation of public schools in one North Carolina community is the...

 

Is our children learning (the bible)?   |   June 19, 2006
South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) has signed into a law a bill that allows students to receive credit for bible school. As The State reports, While other students learn...

 

Houston Has a Problem   |   May 5, 2005
Last December, the Dallas Morning News (reg req'd) uncovered anomalies in Houston school district test scores: it seemed that the Bush Administration's No Child Left...