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Demographics aren’t destiny

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As the traditional school year begins and school
buses hit
the road, I encourage everyone to drive safely. If you are driving on a
two-lane roadway (with or without a center turning lane) or a four-lane
(without a median separation) and a school bus stops, all traffic
from both
directions must stop


Bulletin Board

  • The
    E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is now accepting
    applications for
    the 2010-2011 class. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40,
    in North Carolina, and commit to a yearlong program of activities
    designed to
    examine, develop, and enhance their leadership skills. There is no cost
    individuals accepted into the program. For additional information,
    please visit
    the E.A. Morris website


  • The
    W. Pope Civitas Institute will hold its monthly poll luncheon 11:45
    Wednesday, August 25, at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Raleigh. To
    register, go


  • The
    Monitor is a great resource for all things political in North Carolina.Visit the Capitol
    and check out my
    favorite feature, the Hall of Shame.


Are you kidding me?

The Institute for Justice, an organization that
school choice, recently posted a revealing video on YouTube. In a news
a father commented that his daughter learned the alphabet, and only the
alphabet, during her entire first-grade year in a local public school.
To make
matters worse, the teacher did not get all the way through the alphabet.


To watch the video, go to


To learn more about the Institute for Justice, go


For IJ’s excellent report on the constitutionality
of school
choice in North Carolina, see "School
Choice and the North Carolina
," which is available for download.

Facts and Stats

Gaston College Preparatory is a
public charter school located in Northampton County. Two-thirds of the
are categorized as economically disadvantaged, and 81 percent of the
are black. Nevertheless, their 2009-2010 state EOG and EOC test scores
that demographics aren’t destiny.


  • Reading (Grades 3-8): 76.4% of
    economically disadvantaged students are proficient vs. 56.7% state


  • Math (Grades 3-8): 86.7% of
    economically disadvantaged students are proficient vs. 72.8% state


  • Reading (Grade 10): 84.1% of
    economically disadvantaged students are proficient vs. 50.0% state


  • Math (Grade 10): 88.6% of
    economically disadvantaged students are proficient vs. 67.0% state


  • Four-year Graduation Rate,
    2009-2010: 89.5% vs. 74.2% state average.



I would like to invite all readers to submit
as well as their personal insights, anecdotes, concerns, and
observations about
the state of education in North Carolina. I will publish selected
in future editions of the newsletter. Anonymity will be honored. For
information or to send a submission, e-mail Terry at [email protected].


Education Acronym of the Week


ACRE: Accountability and Curriculum Revision Effort


Real Estate Acronym of the Week


ACRE: Association of Commercial Real Estate


Quote of the Week


"For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a
weak excess of sensibility, there are three who need to be awakened from
slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut
jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false
sentiments is
to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils
we only
make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished
will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a

— C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Dr. Stoops is the director of the Center for Effective Education. Before joining the Locke Foundation in 2005, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. He… ...

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