by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Last night, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson spoke at a huge, invitation-only event at the Raleigh Convention Center. You may have heard of it after WRAL gave a few disgruntled teachers a platform to criticize Johnson for revoking their invitations to the BB&T sponsored dinner. (I was invited but did not attend due to a prior commitment.)
One teacher speculated here, here, and elsewhere that Johnson would use the occasion to declare that North Carolina would enter into an unholy alliance with the Koch network. That would have been awesome. Instead, Johnson outlined his NC2030 plan, which includes a series of very mainstream education reform proposals.
I’ll have more to say about Superintendent Johnson’s plan in the coming weeks. Until then, Koch on.