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Why are some teachers griping about their hefty pay raise?

“Here’s a fact: Every public school teacher will make more than they did last year. The state budget has a provision that would prevent teachers from making less.” – Reema Khrais, “Explaining NC’s Teacher Pay Raises,” WUNC Radio, August 8, 2014. The state budget recently passed by the N.C. General Assembly set aside $290 millionContinue Reading

Legislators change the way the state funds enrollment growth

There appears to be some confusion and displeasure about a provision that changes the way that budget writers construct the education budget. The issue boils down to when and where to include additional state funding for projected growth in student enrollment. There are two options. 1)    Include funding for enrollment growth at the beginning ofContinue Reading

NCAE doubles down

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page:

Let the griping begin!

The NCAE and its members are not happy about the largest teacher pay raise in state history. Surprised?  I’m not. Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators Facebook page:  

The jaw-dropping growth of homeschooling in N.C.

Earlier this month, I reported that the estimated number of homeschoolers hit an all-time high of 98,172 students during the 2013-14 school year. The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published the disaggregated data this week, so I examined estimated homeschool enrollment, by county, over the last five years.  We know that the total number ofContinue Reading

NCAE had one of the largest membership declines

Mike Antonucci recently reported 2012-13 membership figures for state affiliates of the National Education Association, including the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The NCAE had one of the largest membership declines of any NEA affiliate in the nation.  Since 2008-09, active NCAE membership dropped by over 38 percent.  Total membership, which includes retirees, students,Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant

Education Week provides an update on the status of federal Race to the Top grants in all states that received a grant, including North Carolina. The Race to the Top competitive grant program was tied to the adoption of Common Core, and North Carolina received its grant months after the State Board of Education adoptedContinue Reading

How to address the “troubling future” of NC’s children

In response to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, The KIDS COUNT Data Book, News & Observer editors write, These findings, released this week and reported by WRAL, should disturb all North Carolinians. The report should bother the state’s leaders, Gov. Pat McCrory and those who run the General Assembly. And it must prompt some fact-findingContinue Reading

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