Trump picks charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary

President-elect Donald Trump selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan on Wednesday to be education secretary.   Betsy DeVos becomes the second woman chosen to fill a spot in Trump's Cabinet. Earlier Wednesday, Trump named South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations earlier in the day. Both [...]

Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

LAS VEGAS - In a blow to the Obama administration's labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.   As a result of Tuesday's ruling, overtime changes set to take effect [...]

Mark Johnson is a new leader for NC schools

Mark Johnson is a smart, savvy 32-year-old with lots of ideas about how North Carolina’s educational system ought to operate. Now he’ll be challenged to put those ideas into practice as he replaces three-term state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board, defeated Atkinson on Nov. 8 [...]

Next NC superintendent’s Teach for America work was foundation for education views

Republican Mark Johnson comes to the job of the state’s education chief promising to shake off the status quo, and is himself a nontraditional choice for state superintendent of public instruction.   Johnson is a lawyer for a technology firm in Winston-Salem who has been on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board for about two years. [...]

Newly Elected Leaders Could Show More Support for School Choice

CHARLOTTE -- The results of this week's election could impact public education, not just on a federal level, but also here in North Carolina.   Voters here elected a Republican state superintendent for the first time in recent history.   Education advocates say these leadership changes in North Carolina and the White House could bring [...]

GOP's Mark Johnson beats incumbent June Atkinson in race for state Superintendent

With more than 99 percent of North Carolina’s precincts reporting, it appears as if Forsyth County Republican Mark Johnson has upset Democratic incumbent June Atkinson in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.   Johnson, a relative political newcomer, appeared to squeak out a win with 50.6 percent of the vote, but a handful [...]

The Effect of Charter Schools on Students in Traditional Public Schools: A Review of the Evidence

Compared to most education interventions, charter schools have unusually good research evidence on impacts on participating students. Researchers have been able to take advantage of natural experiments that are created by the admissions lotteries of oversubscribed charter schools. The lottery losers represent an ideal comparison group, because they are similar to the winners in all [...]

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