The year in review in education policy

It’s been  a year of radical and frequently destructive change in the world of public education in North Carolina and Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner has a great summary of nine top stories over on the main site. For example:

1. Tax dollars now can be funneled to unaccountable private (and home) schools.

Lawmakers passed a budget last July that allows parents to send their kids to private schools with annual taxpayer-funded $4,200 vouchers. Dubbed “Opportunity Scholarships,” the program was championed by Rep. Skip Stam, who believes that all parents should be able to send their kids to any school on the taxpayer’s dime—even if that school teaches kids that dinosaurs walked the earth with man or the KKK was just a band of moral-minded folks.

On tap for 2014: We’ll keep you posted on the roll out of the school voucher program, which will begin accepting applications in February in anticipation of its Fall 2014 start date. Stay tuned for developments in the school voucher lawsuit that was just filed by 25 teachers who oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund private education. And read my most recent story about one home school that’s classified as a private school by the state, allowing it to receive vouchers too.

Click here to read the other eight.


  1. GOP Rules

    December 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I like number one! Although that is the only one I read since it provides plenty of reason to be skeptical of this post How about including all the sketchy people the kids of NC encounter in the government schools in the form of crimes committed by teachers such as sexual abuse….now that is accountability! Just keep an eye on carolinaplotthound.com where there are almost daily stories where non-homeschooled kids are abused…and all links are to MSM sources.

  2. GOP Rules

    December 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

  3. GOP Rules

    December 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    How about this link too:


    Throw money at government education bureaucracy….don’t get results anywhere near goals….repeat process in an infinite and ever increasing funding circle.

  4. Alan

    December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I guess GOP Rules loves posting so he can read his myriad of comments…

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    December 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Good posts GOP. Nice to see a counterpoint to the crowd who would throw money at a problem no matter the results. I particularly like the links about what happens in the public schools. You don’t see that at private schools or in homeschool situations

  6. Alan

    December 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    “You don’t see that at private schools or in homeschool situations”

    Perhaps one of the more absurd comments LSD has posted in a long time. But what is to be expected from the “anti-goverment” crowd, unless of course the big nasty government is handing them welfare checks to subsidize their personal choice.

  7. GOP Rules

    December 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Alan where is your backup on that? Any links to private school teachers soliciting children, dealing drugs, or on the lam from the law ? I would be interested to read that perspective too. Granted, you could encounter a methhead who “homeschools”, but I doubt it is in one of the three R’s if you catch my drift.

    And there are homeschool standards and checks and tests to pass. So there is some accountabiltiy, although the main accountability is that the parents would be satisifed their children are getting a good education….it is not all about government approval you know.

  8. Alan

    December 31, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    GOP Rules,

    I don’;t normally go trolling for articles/statistics on child molestation, that’s pretty sick. But your implied statement of public school teachers (heck, some of the tin-foil hat crowd even call them government schools!), that their more inclined to be involved in this type of behavior, is simply immature and ridiculous.

    PS. When some of the home-school nuts stop teaching their kids from Conservapedia, I’ll start listening to your theories on home schooling.

  9. Alan

    December 31, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Correction “they’re”, not “their”…. before the GOP spelling bee comes out in force…or farce?

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    January 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Alan, you don’t really have to “troll” for articles on government school teachers molesting/selling drugs/committing crimes as it is a pretty regular story in the major media outlets in NC. I for one have not heard of the same in private schools.

    Glad to see you are a grammar expert….maybe an editor of the Pules then? Moved up from intern did you?

  11. Alan

    January 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

    LSD, you’re becoming one very angry individual. You can get medication for that.

  12. Alan

    January 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    So, all those “governement controlled” media outlets are reporting this then, the pinko/lefty/solcialist/communist/fascist, pro-Democrat(ic) in-the-tank for Obama state media? And sending my kids to a public school, in your terminology a “government school”, means they’ll be at risk from predatory teachers?

    You and GOP Rules (same person?) are really, really reaching new depths in your efforts to discredit the public school system with this nonsense.

  13. GOP Rules

    January 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I personally am not out to discredit…my kids go to government schools. I just think there needs to be more competition and choice for those who have other needs out there, and for some of their hard earned tax dollars to follow them so that the state constitution is being followed.

    And no, unlike you and ML….we are not the same person. Maybe we share the same cube here at Civitas like you guys do over at the pulse. But looks like you had a promotion?

  14. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Alan, It is “state controlled media” if you must know. I am not sure where Obama comes into this but since I angered you so much the truth must be coming threw to your little editor in chief mind.

    And yes….it seems the government schools have the unseemly element more often. Hence I do not see a private school teacher on this top 10 list from one of your liberal bastions….but I do see a Fayetteville administrator.


  15. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Oh, I hit post before this last point. What with all you’re resources as editor of the pulse you should be able to post at least one link to a private school teacher who has suffered in the same way. I would say exclude homeschoolers since some parents regardless of school method are going to commit crimes….but if you can find it then run with it.

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