Category: Education

Judicial tyranny at its worst …

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning has said the state MUST fully fund pre-K classes, and that state legislators have no recourse but to do what he says.  Wow. One lawyer in black robes, elected by a few counties, has the…

A mixed review for Tuesday’s legislative session …

The conservative majority in the state legislature continued their beatdown of Madame Governor in Tuesday’s business — overriding her vetoes of bills limiting the payment of unemployment benefits and installing a waiting period for abortions in the state.  Supporters of…

A twisted definition of ‘success’

We in Moore County just received news that only THREE of our 22 county schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. … “Every year, I look at the [AYP] results and what’s…

Look at me! I’m on TV !!!

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr. is quite passionate about educating North Carolina’s children.  He is so passionate about it that he often tiptoes up to the line, which separates the state’s legislative and judicial branches, and calls…

Public school shortcomings blamed on everyone BUT the true culprits

Reports have been all over the mainstream media lately about teachers in Atlanta public schools being caught helping their kids CHEAT on system-wide standardized tests meant to measure students’ progress: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong…

ANOTHER sensible idea emanating from Raleigh …

This is getting kinda scary.  Some in the GOP legislative majority are proposing merging several small community colleges in order to save the state some money.   Florence and Darlington Counties in South Carolina have done well — for AGES…

Some Thoughtful advice trickling out of Raleigh

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has released a study that details and makes recommendations on the economic and financial conditions of North Carolina’s local governments. This study, available for download on Locke’s web site, provides some real “food for thought”…

A good first step toward reforming public education

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has hit on an idea that I have been bouncing around for a while, as well.   JLF’s Terry Stoops is calling for the state to drop certification requirements for teachers in public schools’ virtual…