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    Higher Education Funding

    posted January 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Article IX, Section 9 of the North Carolina Constitution states, “The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher…
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    Education Facilities

    posted January 16, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The popular perception is that state government is responsible for overseeing the funding, maintenance, and construction of school district facilities. Nevertheless, state law clearly states that “it shall be…
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    Teaching Profession

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. No system of public education can thrive without a high-quality teacher workforce. The problem is that state education bureaucracies enforce rules and regulations that fail…
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    Testing and Accountability

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. School accountability comes in two forms. Either parents keep schools accountable by “voting with their feet,” or states compel public school districts to administer standardized…
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    Virtual Schools

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. A virtual school is an internet-based learning environment that allows students to participate in a class using a computer rather than being present in a…
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    Public School Finance

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. Discussions of funding levels are necessary, but not sufficient, for truly understanding the health of our public schools. Researchers generally agree that how the money…
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    School Choice

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. In the words of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the…
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    Standards and Curricula

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. Curricula are not standards. Standards are not curricula. In the debate over the Common Core State Standards, definitions of key terms such as “standards” and…
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    Child Care

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. The state began offering subsidies for child care services in 1964, making the Subsidized Child Care Program one of North Carolina’s longest-running welfare programs. The…
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    Childhood Health and Nutrition

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Updated as of January 2020. As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, the debate over the National School Lunch Program and the sale of junk food in and around public…

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