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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

Supplemental retirement plans in NC districts

In a new NBER paper, “Supplemental Plan Offerings and Retirement Saving Choices: An Analysis of North Carolina School Districts,” Robert Clark, Emma Hanson, Melinda Sandler Morrill, and Aditi Pathak examine the use of supplemental retirement plans in 53 North Carolina districts. On average, one-third of school district employees contribute to one or more supplemental retirementContinue Reading

DPI sponsoring NCAE membership drives?

Apparently, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is allowing the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to recruit members during informational sessions for those interested in National Board Certification. From the NCAE Facebook account:  

Credit where credit is due

Today, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) published “The Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessment.” In this study, NAEP researchers compared what it means to be “proficient” on state tests versus the proficiency standards used for fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math NAEP tests. Continue Reading

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