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Clarification of “Should the legislature cut the DPI budget?”

Since the publications of my newsletter last week, “Should the legislature cut the DPI budget?,” it has been brought to my attention that some readers may have misinterpreted the graph included in the Facts and Stats section. Indeed, as I reread the article, it does appear that there is a lack of context about dataContinue Reading

Judge: California teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional

A California Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure law is unconstitutional.  Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in In Vergara v. California is pretty powerful, Distilled to its basics, the State Defendants’/Intervenors’ position requires them to defend the proposition that the state has a compelling interest in the de facto separation of studentsContinue Reading

Corporations overwhelmingly support Common Core

Curiously, Democrats who support the Common Core State Standards do not seem to mind that large multi-national corporations, including Exxon Mobile, are strong proponents of the standards.  In fact, some of these corporations profit (!) from it. Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger offspring.

Obama’s school lunch crusade: A disaster for NC

Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and passed in 2010, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was designed to provide more nutritious school meals for public school children.   In North Carolina, this well-intentioned piece of legislation has been a catastrophe, sort of like New Coke. This week, the N.C. State Board of Education will hear anContinue Reading

If you like your tenure, you can keep your tenure

Rumored to be a quote from Senator Phil Berger… I have been as clear as I can be.  Under the reform Republicans proposed, if you like your tenure, you keep your tenure.  If you like your current pay plan, you keep your current pay plan.  These folks need to stop scaring everybody.  Nobody is talkingContinue Reading

Teacher salary rank would be 25th under Senate plan

The Senate budget would raise the average teacher salary by 11.2 percent to an average of $51,198.  But the average salary does not mean much unless it is adjusted for cost of living. For example, Hawaii’s average teacher salary, estimated to be $56,291 for the current school year, looks groovy until you realize that itContinue Reading

NCAE Facebook page confirms hypothesis

From a Locker Room post earlier today: The Senate teacher pay plan “will be a good test for my hypothesis that no pay increase will ever satisfy public school advocacy organizations and their members.” The following screenshot from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page are reactions to the Senate’s proposed 11.2 percentContinue Reading

Senate teacher pay proposal

I still do not have specifics of the teacher pay plan outlined by Senate leaders this morning.  After the Senate leadership posts the full budget, I’ll have a more thorough analysis of the plan. Until then, here are my initial thoughts: 1. Holy moly!  The Senate budget would give teachers an average raise of 11.2Continue Reading

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