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Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now that former member of theContinue Reading

Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework and College Readiness: Evidence from TargetedContinue Reading

Experts: NC Senate education plan has merit

WUNC’s Reema Khrais asks, “What Does Research Say About Smaller Classes and Fewer TAs?“ The NC Senate budget proposed aggressive class size reductions for grades K-3.  The teaching positions needed to do so would be funded by eliminating teacher assistant positions.  Their colleagues in the House are not keen on the idea. But some prominentContinue Reading

N&O’s Christensen chimes in on TA debate

Misconceptions and unsubstantiated claims abound in News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen’s latest offering, “Teacher aides in limbo again.” First, Christensen mentions former governor Jim Hunt’s efforts to raise reading achievement by hiring thousands of reading aids.  He writes, Two years later, in his 1979 State of the State address, Hunt would declare: “I amContinue Reading

Back in the day, this would end in a duel

Senator Brown’s response to Governor McCrory’s recent announcement that he will veto the sales tax fairness proposal: I can’t figure out if Pat thinks he is the Governor of Charlotte or the Mayor of North Carolina. Today, over 100 local officials from across the state came out in support of sales tax fairness. Sadly, theContinue Reading

NCAE had 46% drop in membership over last 5 years

Yesterday, Mike Antonucci posted the official National Education Association (NEA) State Affiliate membership numbers for 2014.  He notes, “The biggest losers [of active members] over the five-year period were Arizona and Wisconsin (each with 53.1% active member loss), North Carolina (45.9% loss) and Louisiana (31.5% loss).”  (Emphasis added) The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)Continue Reading

Leandro hearing revelation: Long-term subs unconstitutional

For the next few days, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning will hear testimony related to the Leandro v. State court case, which deals with the state’s constitutional obligation to provide a “sound, basic education” to all public school students. According to Alex Granados of EducationNC, Judge Manning declared that the employment of long-term substitute teachersContinue Reading

NC SBE’s impressive response to NCAE post

Last week, I wrote that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) allowed “the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to recruit members during informational sessions for those interested in National Board Certification.” Top NC State Board of Education (SBE) officials assure me that DPI and the SBE were not aware of the activities describedContinue Reading

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